Dayton debating child-care union push

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: November 20, 2012 - 9:13 PM
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mattaudioNov. 20, 12 3:58 PM

Still not getting this... aren't home-based child care providers independent businesses? Thus, do they not determine their own price, working conditions, clientele, and everything else? What on earth would a union do for them?

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jcrew45Nov. 20, 12 4:04 PM

There seem to be much higher priorities with a budget shortfall looming. Changing existing law in order to pay back the Union for their support is way over the top.

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dirtydogsNov. 20, 12 4:10 PM

Unions usually mean higher costs. The only benefit I can see is pooled resources for purchasing benefits. Otherwise tell me how a daycare union will make daycare more affordable.

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nogophersNov. 20, 12 4:18 PM

Stay out of it Governor. No need for unions to get in there and push the cost of childcare up for working families.

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basia2186Nov. 20, 12 4:21 PM

Worry about cutting costs last term gov clueless. The majority of private in home providers wanted NOTHING to do with the public employees union! Why are you continually not minding the true business of the state? We are broke and jobs are being lost statewide. Open your eyes and cut costs already!

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SubGeniusNov. 20, 12 4:22 PM

Also, as has been pointed out, there is no one common counterpart "employer" entity in this situation, as opposed to say the NFL and the NFLPA. So, not sure what purpose a union would serve here.

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fjbarrowsNov. 20, 12 4:23 PM

Governor, please push this agenda, even as dumb as it is. It will drive the voters right back to the Republicans, just like the marriage amendment drove voters back to the Democrats.

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cons61Nov. 20, 12 4:28 PM

Whats to think about? Dayton should start to address the real MN issues and stop catering to the unions!

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ranger78Nov. 20, 12 4:35 PM

"We will support legislation to improve the quality and affordability of child care for working families and to lift the child care profession with better training," she said. Daycares are licensed by the state. They are regulated by the state. Mandates for safety, security, health, etc., come from the state. Just how will unionizing improve upon this? It would raise the cost because the new members pay dues. They aren't going to eat it, they'll pass the costs on to customers. Driving up the ultimate cost. These are private companies. The union offers nothing to them. Go away.

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drfranktNov. 20, 12 4:40 PM

"What on earth would a union due for them?"...Take the hard earned money by way of dues subtracted from any gov't. provided check they may receive for providing that daycare to those whose child care is subsidized by the government. That's what unions do. They don't ask you to pay them the dues directly, they want the dues deducted from your check, because they know you may become disgusted with "the union way" and begin to withhold those dues. Despite what union supporters will tell you, the union leaders live for those dues, not for the workers they "represent."

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