Mary Albert

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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 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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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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