SEIU, one of two unions in Minnesota that wanted to help in-home child care providers organize, is disappointed with the ruling by a Ramsey County District Judge’s decision to halt an election among providers who wanted to form a union. The decision also overturned Governor Mark Dayton’s executive order giving more than 4,000 in-home child care providers the right to decide for themselves if they wanted join their collective voices on issues important to working Minnesota families and their children. The lawsuit against Dayton’s order was funded by partisan conservative groups fueled by money from outside of the state.
SEIU Local 284 Executive Director, Carol Nieters responded by saying opponents and their out-of-state conservative funders of the measure “succeeded in throwing a wrench into the wheels of democracy and they will stop at nothing to deny working people the right to form a union in order to have a collective voice.”
SEIU is pledging to continue to support efforts to pass the state Child Care Affordability Act. It is sponsored by Representative Nora Slawik (DFL) and Senator May Jo McGuire (DFL) and aims to restore Republican cuts to early care and education and helps ensure that providers are reimbursed at 75 percent of the fair market rate. It also would reinstate funding for professional development of child care providers and eliminate the waiting list of 7,000 Minnesota families how seeking this vital assistance.
In order for a union election, Judge Dale Lindman—an appointee of former Republican Governor Arne Carlson—wrote, the Legislature “may advance a bill through the legislative process allowing elections of the child care providers.” Lindman also ordered Dayton’s administration to reimburse the plaintiffs’ court costs and attorney fees.