Union drive opponents repeal ruling

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Aug 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Opponents of the effort to unionize thousands of Minnesota home day care operators are appealing the ruling of a federal judge who dismissed their case.

The plaintiffs, a group of day care operators, filed the appeal Tuesday to the U.S. Eight Circuit Court of Appeals. They're asking the court for an injunction of the union drive while the appeal is considered.

The plaintiffs say in their appeal that they are private business owners and that being forced to associate with a union would violate their First Amendment rights.

Democrats who control the Legislature approved the union organizing drive in May. The GOP has accused legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton of paying back union allies.

But Judge Michael Davis wrote in his ruling last week that the opponents' lawsuit is premature.

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