Minnesota governor orders unionization of child care providers

posted at 6:45 pm on November 23, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Looks like Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton also wants to do for childcare what the Obama-Reid-Pelosi machine did for healthcare — i.e. make it less flexible and more expensive. Dayton is operating on a state level, at least, but that’s the last excuse I’ll make for him. The governor recently issued an executive order that calls for a vote to unionize child care providers. But here’s the catch: The only child care providers eligible to vote on whether to unionize are those providers that are state-licensed and state-subsidized. So a small fraction of the providers will vote to unionize — and then, more than likely, all Minnesota childcare providers will be forced to pay union dues.

OpenMarkets.org’s Trey Kovacs explains why unionization will likely only make the costs of childcare in Minnesota increase:

A well-documented detrimental product of unionization is less flexibility. Union contracts do not allow for flexibility (without lavish benefits). Families have ever-changing schedules that will conflict with union contracts. A likely outcome: an increase of unfair labor practices. Unfair labor practices will lead to increased litigation, escalating child care costs.

A number of families can only afford child care through subsides awarded by the state. Gov. Dayton’s E.O. not only restricts availability of child care to families in need, it forces the taxpayer to bear the added expenses from unionized child care.

If Minnesota’s desired outcome is to provide affordable child care, Gov. Dayton must rescind his executive order. Unionization requires forced dues payment, loss of worker rights, and restricts entry into markets. Reducing providers and making child care a less attractive industry for potential entrepreneurs are steps in the wrong direction. Maintaining worker rights and freedom to choose will afford Minnesotans ample quality child care. Unfortunately, Gov. Dayton’s choice will deny widespread access to affordable child care in Minnesota in order to line the pockets of Big Labor.

Dayton reportedly issued the EO as an unabashed sop to Big Labor — as the fulfillment of a promise that earned him union support in the last election.

Dayton’s move is dually troubling — both as an enabler of Big Labor’s extortion of dues from unwilling union members and as an expansion of the state government into the childcare space. It’s hard to say which causes me to fret more.


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Thank you Tom Horner SIGH

gophergirl on November 23, 2011 at 6:47 PM

he doesn’t care, take the power and run.

rob verdi on November 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Minnesota, like California, is getting exactly that for which it voted.

unclesmrgol on November 23, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Just when you thought the left couldn’t get any dimmer.

CW on November 23, 2011 at 6:49 PM

F That

Wade on November 23, 2011 at 6:55 PM

For the life of me I don’t know why anyone votes democrat unless they’re a crook or braindead.

Do we really have that many crooks and braindead people in this country?

darwin on November 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

It’s Minnesota, who cares what those idiots do?

David in ATL on November 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

fascism.

rbj on November 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM

The goal of this unization is to have the state government directly deposit cash into union coffers for next years democratic elections!

Union government alliances are commonly called communism. This is how the communists fund themselves. Sooner or later, they will force all workers to become government workers with the American dream of independance in the ash heap of history!

Freddy on November 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

The cycle of tax money –> unions –> dems has got to stop or we are doomed.

WitchDoctor on November 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Soon, parents will be ordered by the state to bring their children to unionized day care whether they need it or not.

darwin on November 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM

The cycle of tax money –> unions –> dems has got to stop or we are doomed.

WitchDoctor on November 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

All this can stop. The problem is it will have to get bloody. We outnumber the radicals and the unions by a large margin. We’ll lose some, but they’ll lose almost everyone. Until then it will never stop.

darwin on November 23, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Take this in conjunction to Michigan’s forced-unionization of care-givers of the disabled–often an individual’s parent–and this can quickly lead to the forced unionization of stay-at-home parents who are “day care providers” to their own kids.

HakerA on November 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I’m glad I don’t live in Minnesota.

rmgraha on November 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I must admit I was not aware that child care providers wanted to drink and smoke weed on their breaks and during their lunch period.

rjoco1 on November 23, 2011 at 7:05 PM

It’s Minnesota, who cares what those idiots do?

David in ATL on November 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

That’s Bishop’s line.

Ventura…

Franken….

Ellison…..

Dayton….We’ve got our own John Kerry in that POS…..

BigWyo on November 23, 2011 at 7:06 PM

I can’t wait to read the headlines where the union thugs are sent to Grandma’s house to rough her up for taking care of the grandkids while their mom is at work.

Also, I hope someone in Minnesota is able to track the number of young mothers who are forced to quit jobs because the child care cost exceeds the paycheck.

MikeA on November 23, 2011 at 7:07 PM

How nice would it be if there was at least one poltician with the guts and the brains to articulate exactly why public unions should be outlawed, and never allowed to exist in the first place? I admire what Scott Walker has done. But it bothers me that he has to keep saying “I’m not anti-union”.

ardenenoch on November 23, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Thank you Tom Horner SIGH

gophergirl on November 23, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Emmer was a lousy candidate. The GOP swept to victory in both houses of the legislature, plus booted Oberstar in the DFL bastion of CD8 and he still couldn’t win.

He’s grown as a radio host, though, so he’s got that going for him…

Bruno Strozek on November 23, 2011 at 7:09 PM

HORSEPIES!

Orders? Collective HIVE. What the hell happened to over the next hill?

So frakkin glad I’m on the home stretch. You youngins are welcome to swamp.

Limerick on November 23, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Emmer was a lousy candidate. The GOP swept to victory in both houses of the legislature, plus booted Oberstar in the DFL bastion of CD8 and he still couldn’t win.

He’s grown as a radio host, though, so he’s got that going for him…

Bruno Strozek on November 23, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Oh trust me I know but I still think he would have won if Horner hadn’t run.

Thank goodness we have the legislature or we really would be screwed.

gophergirl on November 23, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Is the legislature powerless here?

Minnesota Repubs … do something.

darwin on November 23, 2011 at 7:11 PM

How is this different than a healthcare mandate where you are forced to buy a product or service? Unions provide a service for a fee, this is the same thing but for pure political gain.

Daemonocracy on November 23, 2011 at 7:17 PM

It’s Minnesota, who cares what those idiots do?

David in ATL on November 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Taxpayers and people who have to pay union thugs to watch their rug rats.

Wade on November 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Line in the sand, unionistas. Line in the sand.

How nice would it be if there was at least one poltician with the guts and the brains to articulate exactly why public unions should be outlawed, and never allowed to exist in the first place?

ardenenoch on November 23, 2011 at 7:08 PM

We are the wuss party.

petefrt on November 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I have talked to a state licensed ccare provider about this and the day they go union is the day she exits the business.

Which is the PROGRESSIVE goal.

Increase union membership, destroy the private sector side of the industry/service, and then come in and offer the solution to the “crisis” of parents not being able to find affordable childcare…….drumroll here……..STATE RUN, fully unionized Parenting Centers where the kids get dropped off at 6 weeks and the STATE feeds them, provides diapers, immunizations, birth control, etc.

And of course parents need to have 24/7 availability of this service because of their “schedules” so essentially the STATE BECOMES THE PARENT and you can pick the kid up whenever.

Oh, and by the way how long would it be before the teacher and the parents say something contradictory (or GOD FORBID) the parents actually spank the child……and then the next morning little Britney tells her teacher……..voila, DHS comes to visit and the STATE takes FULL CUSTODY.

OBAMA has his CIVILIAN SECURITY FORCE.

Most people have no freaking clue how poisonous Progressivism is to this country.

PappyD61 on November 23, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Minnesota, like California, is getting exactly that for which it voted.

unclesmrgol on November 23, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Beat me to it. Minnesotans voted for this tool, and they shouldn’t be surprised when they get screwed.

For the life of me I don’t know why anyone votes democrat unless they’re a crook or braindead.

Do we really have that many crooks and braindead people in this country?

darwin on November 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

They have that many in Minnesota. See

BigWyo on November 23, 2011 at 7:06 PM

for the proof.

They will keep it up until the get the results seen in the California and Illinois models. Then they will squeal for a federal bailout.

novaculus on November 23, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Emmer lost by less than 10,000 votes.

We need to do better.

nickj116 on November 23, 2011 at 7:34 PM

For the life of me I don’t know why anyone votes democrat unless they’re a crook or braindead.

Do we really have that many crooks and braindead people in this country?

darwin on November 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

That is why voter fraud is so important.

ndanielson on November 23, 2011 at 7:36 PM

So the State can force you to enter into an organization that you dont want to ?
what ever happend to the right of Self-determination?
I guess that only counts for people that ARENT US citizens!

ColdWarrior57 on November 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM

It’s Minnesota, who cares what those idiots do?

David in ATL on November 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Because when Minnesota goes down the crapper, all those lefty nanny state socialists are gonna’ move to our states and start demanding the same things.

cozmo on November 23, 2011 at 8:01 PM

EOs last until the next guy comes into office.

And for the MN contingent here at HA, thats a hint.

BobMbx on November 23, 2011 at 8:10 PM

EOs last until the next guy comes into office.

And for the MN contingent here at HA, thats a hint.

BobMbx on November 23, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if Pawlenty runs again. He would win too.

gophergirl on November 23, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Does this mean the teen age baby sitter has to join the union too?

Little Nell on November 23, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Are there any exceptions to the unionization and dues requirements? Do unpaid family members providing care have to join and pay. Do Church Daycare providers have to join and pay if they are paid by the church. How about paid caregivers during worship services? Is there a certain amount of hours you must perform the service in order to fall under the requirement? Do non-custodial rights parents have to join and pay. What are the requirements to be a unionized child care giver? Do you have to be licensed? What are the barriers to entry? If you are not paid do you still have to join and pay?

This sounds like there are alot of ways it can be unconstitutional. If you cannot vote on representation, how can you be mandated to be represented. Will the people who cannot vote now vote in the future to decertify the union or is voting restricted to only certain union members?

This could get a lot worse as it moves into other segments of the workplace.

KW64 on November 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Beat me to it. Minnesotans voted for this tool, and they shouldn’t be surprised when they get screwed.

novaculus on November 23, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Unfortunately, the majority of Minnesotans voting did not vote for him. He garnered 43.6% of the vote. Our legislature is now Republican controlled for the first time in a million years (give or take).

It’s Minnesota, who cares what those idiots do?

David in ATL on November 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

You’re right, Minnesota sucks. Please stay away and enjoy the utopia that is Atlanta.

strictnein on November 23, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Nanny state… literally.

redfoxbluestate on November 23, 2011 at 9:03 PM

What else would you expect from a Progressive Liberal?

GFW on November 23, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Take this in conjunction to Michigan’s forced-unionization of care-givers of the disabled–often an individual’s parent–and this can quickly lead to the forced unionization of stay-at-home parents who are “day care providers” to their own kids.

HakerA on November 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM

I was wondering who would remember Granholm’s theft of Medicaid to give to the unions (with the requisite campaign kickback).

Steve Eggleston on November 23, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Dayton’s executive order is illegal. Period.

IronDioPriest on November 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Dayton’s executive order is illegal. Period.

IronDioPriest on November 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Has that stopped them from trying even once?

Merovign on November 23, 2011 at 10:56 PM

As long as they keep playing football indoors, it’ll be like this.

ignatzk on November 24, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Man, it is like watching Atlas Shrugged occurring in real life.

It’s like a train wreck; it hurts to keep watching, but you can’t look away.

Theophile on November 24, 2011 at 1:47 AM

fascism.

rbj on November 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Yes, it is.
How is it that the definition of fascism is ignored nowadays, & the Left gets away with call some on the Right fascists?
Fascism is by definition left-wing.

itsnotaboutme on November 24, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Isn’t this a violation of the right to free association? If i am forced to unionize i am being forced to associate with a group that i didn’t vote for or choose in the first instance. It’s not like antidiscrimination laws which are built upon constitutional protections. Moreover hasn’t the Governor exceeded his power if the legislature didn’t provide for all workers to be unionized or grant the Executive power to forcibly unionize workers?

eaglewingz08 on November 24, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Since it worked so well in MI, expect more states governed by lefties who depend on unions for re-election to try it. Pretty soon the yoke around our necks will be so tight, we will have forgotten what freedom felt like.

Kissmygrits on November 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

So a small fraction of the providers will vote to unionize — and then, more than likely, all Minnesota childcare providers will be deprived of property without due process of law forced to pay union dues.

This cannot stand.

If they can force daycare workers into unions, they can do the same for private school teachers, or really, anyone.

“If you drive on public roads to get to work, you gotta join the Teamsters.”

Akzed on November 24, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Do we really have that many crooks and braindead people in this country?

darwin on November 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Sad, but apparently, we do. Don’t forget that Minnesota also gave us that wonderful National/Socialist, Hubert Horatio Humphrey. And isn’t Walter Mondale another product of Minnesota?

oldleprechaun on November 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

So all child care workers will be forced by the state to contribute to Democrat re-election campaigns.
This is straight up fascism.

gwelf on November 24, 2011 at 10:44 AM