Unions gloomy about day-care vote via Legislature

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Dec 6, 2011 at 8:30 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Union leaders say they doubt they'll ask the Legislature for a vote on unionizing child-care providers if that's the path they have to follow.

They got a setback Monday when a Ramsey County judge blocked the unionization vote that Gov. Mark Dayton had called. The judge said such a vote was the Legislature's to call. He scheduled a Jan. 16 hearing on whether to extend his order.

AFSCME Local 5 spokeswoman Jennifer Munt says it would probably be futile to ask the Legislature to call such a vote. Munt says legislators have already cut quality improvement grants for child care providers.

A Lakeville woman who does child care in her home says she's elated by the ruling. Becky Swanson says she didn't think a union would help her.

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