Minnesota Legislature examines child-care union push

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota daycare providers who are not eligible to vote in an upcoming unionization election say they would still be affected by agreements reached between a new union and the state, and should be given a vote.

A handful of daycare providers brought their concerns to the House Commerce Committee on Monday. The committee delved into Gov. Mark Dayton’s executive order setting a December unionization vote for 4,287 licensed child care providers that get a child-care subsidy from the state.

That’s only a portion of about 11,000 total child care providers. Some left out say they’d still be subject to state training requirements, regulations and other matters that would be bargained by a new union.

Representatives of the two unions backing the drive were invited but did not attend the hearing.