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Unionizing childcare has broader implications than presented

 

 
Support women’s businesses, not male-dominated union 
 
 

The unionization is not as simple as you present [in “New legislation would give home childcare providers option to unionize,” MSR, April 18]. It is sad that as a DFL member, my own party will not support my rights to be a small business owner, not an employee. If you interviewed anyone against unionization, you didn’t reach those who are the main resource and ”push” behind the efforts to educate providers (see www.childcareunioninfo.webly.com). Some in our group have been working on this issue for seven-plus years, myself for over two years. No one mentioned in your article [that the person quoted] against this effort is a Family Child Care Provider. Continue Reading →

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Unionizing childcare has broader implications than presented

Letter to the editor

Coverage of childcare union issue too one-sided

I would like to thank you for covering the childcare union issue [in “New legislation would give home childcare providers option to unionize,” MSR, April 18]. However, I am disappointed that you only appeared to cover one side. You didn’t interview any childcare providers who were opposed. Those you did interview were not covered under this proposed union because they are centers. Recent surveys show that anywhere between 85-95 percent are opposed, so it should be rather easy to find a provider to interview who is opposed. Continue Reading →

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New legislation would give home childcare providers option to unionize

 
Will union dues be passed on to working parents?  
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

A bill that would authorize home-based childcare providers to vote on whether or not to be in a union is moving through committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The Child Care Collective Bargaining Act was introduced in the Minnesota Senate in February. While supporters say the bill would make child care more affordable for working parents, opponents argue that daycare fees could rise because of union dues. State Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) told the MSR during a Council on Black Minnesotans rally at the State Capitol last month, “I support the unionizing of childcare workers.” He pointed out that the bill does not force childcare workers to join a union, but rather would offer the option of voting if they want a union or not. Continue Reading →

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To The Editor: Saunders elected first Black president of AFSCME

The NAACP congratulates Lee Saunders on his election to serve as the new president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Saunders is the first African American president in AFSCME’s history. “For his entire career, Lee Saunders has been a staunch defender of workers’ rights and civil rights,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “As the first African American president in AFSCME’s history, he will surely continue to build coalitions between AFSCME and the civil rights community.”

“Lee Saunders has been an outspoken ally of the NAACP on issues ranging from fair pay and equal opportunity to voter suppression,” stated Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP sr. vice president for advocacy and policy and Washington bureau director. “We welcome him to his new position at AFSCME and look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Saunders has been working with AFSCME since 1978. Continue Reading →

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