House blocks use of state money for child care union dues

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 9, 2012 - 7:44 PM
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outoftheboxFeb. 9, 12 8:22 PM

Another gop solution looking for a problem. SSDD

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ggramaFeb. 9, 12 8:28 PM

good job guys!!

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gopherfan93Feb. 9, 12 8:31 PM

"House blocks use of state money for child care union dues" --------------------------------------------------- Well, that's a no-brainer. Tax-payers pay the union dues ... then the union dues are paid to re-elect democrats. What's shocking is that republicans even have to tell democrats that there is a problem with that situation.

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gopherfan93Feb. 9, 12 8:33 PM

I think we need a constitutional amendment prohibiting tax-payer money from being used to support unions.

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reidFeb. 9, 12 8:38 PM

Having union dues deducted from any employer's paychecks basically shifts part of the work to the employer, especially if it is the state, and all taxpayers then help pay for this collection. And other than taxes and garnisheed money ordered by a court, these would be the only items I know of that are so removed. By taking them out before the money gets to the wage earner, the union guarantees it gets its money each time, every time. No discretion on the part of the earner to maybe pay for fuel, food, that necessary car payment this month and leave the union hanging for a month or so until other expenses get caught up. What a sweet deal for the union collections! How many phone companies, cable companies, landlords and utilities would like to be in that position? It would seem that the unions had elbowed their way to the head of the line and always are first at the trough. If the unions want their dues, send a bill and hound the non-payers the same as every other organization does. This is a VERY wise move. Can anyone justify why a union would be allowed this special ability to take money up front?

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wileyrulesFeb. 9, 12 8:43 PM

How many gazillion jobs does this create?

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nogophersFeb. 9, 12 8:52 PM

Day care providers should not be unionized.

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swmnguyFeb. 9, 12 9:06 PM

Another meaningless grandstand play by the GOP, rather than solving any actual problems Minnesota faces. Everybody who works in a Union job can have their dues withheld from their paychecks. It's a convenience.

I suppose the GOP is claiming that the money a state employee gets paid is state money. Well, no, it's not. The second it is paid to the employee, it's the employee's money. That money going to pay union dues out of a paycheck is the same as money coming out to pay the employee's portion of health insurance, the employee's flex plan benefit, any child support or other garnishment, tax withholding, etc.

Again the GOP show their ignorance of the employer-employee relationship, and their willingness to do anything, no matter how pointless, to prove to everybody how much they hate Unions. Big whoop. This from Sen. Dean, who likes to talk tough and call celebrated writers "pencil-necked little weasel" for getting paid for his work and donating his honorarium to charity. Sen. Dean is just a bully, and this is just another example.

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jerryaldiniFeb. 9, 12 9:07 PM

I want the names of the DFLers who opposed this. Stooges for Big Labor. They won't be happy until daycare costs $50/hour.

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falcon1674Feb. 9, 12 9:12 PM

gopherfan93 - Well, that's a no-brainer. Tax-payers pay the union dues ... then the union dues are paid to re-elect democrats. ------------ No they're not. Union dues aren't use for political purposes. It's just rightie rhetoric.

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