Home care workers in Minnesota deserve a union vote

  • Article by: Sandra L. Pappas
  • Updated: May 18, 2013 - 4:55 PM

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pumiceMay. 18, 13 5:47 PM

From the article: "[Home care workers unions] have raised child-care subsidy rates for providers; have provided more training opportunities; have reduced the turnover of home care workers, and have increased the supply of home care workers." What a record of accomplishment: more and better trained workers in a vital field, less turnover for clients to deal with, better conditions and more income for the workers! Thank you, Legislators, for voting for self-determination for these undervalued workers.

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ti1310May. 18, 13 5:48 PM

Sen Pappas, you didn't stand with the workers you stood with the heads of the unions who wanted their political payback and this commentary is nothing short of a disgrace. You want to take money should be for children and divert it to the coffers of your union buddy's. If you were standing with the workers you would have let all of them vote, instead you stacked the deck towards the union bosses by restricting what childcare providers were allowed to vote, leaving half of them out. Don't forget all the middle class families that you said you stood for that you have now thumbed your nose at that will take this hit.

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omitfactsMay. 18, 13 5:55 PM

Sandra, as a lawmaker, I would expect you to know that roughly 3,500 of the more than 12,000 effected would have a vote. I would like you to first justify that, and more importantly I want you explain how you feel that is fair.

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ti1310May. 18, 13 6:09 PM

----." What a record of accomplishment: more and better trained workers in a vital field, less turnover for clients to deal with, better conditions and more income for the workers! Thank you, Legislators, for voting for self-determination for these undervalued workers.---- pumice you are delusional even the liberal strib called this one for what it is, a union money grab from the state coffers. Tell us how this will give providers more training? how it will improve conditions for over half of the children in daycare when those providers wont get a vote? Now the poor and middle class families that are barely making ends meet now will have to come up with the extra money that will flow to the union, not the children....

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pumiceMay. 18, 13 7:40 PM

Re: "[P]oor and middle class families that are barely making ends meet now will have to come up with the extra money that will flow to the union..." Coupla things, ti1310: (1) The extra money will flow to workers who are among the most undervalued workers in The Market. (2) Families who are barely making ends meet need more income; all workers should get a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.

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badcopperMay. 18, 13 7:57 PM

How dare you only let a fraction of the day care workers vote for the fate of all day care workers. Smacks of Fascism Ms. Pappas

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badcopperMay. 18, 13 7:58 PM

pumice"workers who are among the most undervalued workers in The Market" --- that is a statement based on nothing more than emotion and personal bias

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guernzMay. 18, 1311:37 PM

First of all it is 9000 childcare providers who receive the CCAP subsidy who are eligible to vote because it is these providers who will be bargaining collectively like any other group of employees. The providers who do not take the subsidy, are not in this bargaining unit and won't be in the union. Oddly, this group makes up most of the anti-union providers. If you work at Coke, you don't get to vote on a union at Pepsi!

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jpcooperMay. 19, 1312:41 AM

guernz " these providers who will be bargaining collectively like any other group of employees."

bargaining with who? Their employer? their customers? These people either work for themselves or work for a company. Who are they going to strike against? Themselves?

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northhillMay. 19, 13 6:32 AM

Senator Pappas; you have failed to communicate to the people of Minnesota why this legislation is necessary. You and I both know that much of the daycare in Minnesota is provided by in home by a self employed person who has no employees. In your article you have not told me who these employees are,who they may work for and why they need a collective bargaining agent. It seems the union is trying to organize by legislation not by organizing workers the way every other union in America does it.

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