Federal judge blocks forced unionization of MN child-care providers
posted at 4:57 pm on September 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
A hotly-contested law that was to allow in-home child care providers to vote on whether to unionize has been temporarily blocked by a federal appeals court.
Officials of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which is representing Minnesota providers who oppose unionization, said they received notice late Thursday that their motion for an injunction blocking the law was granted by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
According to lawyers for the group, that means the child-care union election cannot take place until the injunction is lifted. The appeals court said it wants to wait to see if the U.S.Supreme Court decides to hear an appeal on a related case dealing with unionization of home-care workers. That case is called Harris v. Quinn.
We’ve covered this a few times here. The effort got shut down on the Democrats’ first attempt, but it came back when they captured the legislature in the last election. Basically, the law treated all child-care and personal-care attendants who get state funds directly or indirectly to be considered state employees, which then allowed AFSCME to hold one election that would force all providers to pay union dues, rather than attempting to unionize every care center separately. The requirement to join would include parents and other family members receiving assistance funding to care for relatives without any affiliation with a care center at all.
Let’s hope the Supreme Court puts an end to this nonsense once and for all.
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