When Gov. Dayton announced that he had signed the executive order ordering a vote for unionizing in-home child care, he was immediately met with confrontation from the GOP. Sen. David Hann said that he didn’t have the statutory or constitutional authority to order the vote.
Now he’s getting hit with more confrontation from the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association, aka the MLFCCA. Here’s part of the MLFCCA’s letter to Gov. Dayton:
As language in your order requires unions to be involved in quality improvement initiatives, all providers will be affected by unionization and therefore should have the right to vote.
Gov. Dayton’s executive order authorized 4,300 in-home child care providers to vote on unionization. That stems from the information that 4,300 families were receiving government assistance and sending their children to in-home child care providers.
MLFCCA’s letter proves that Gov. Dayton’s logic is, at best, faulty. It might indicate that Gov. Dayton might’ve even tried rigging the election, knowing that they’d have a better shot at winning with a smaller number of child care providers to persuade.
Lest anyone think that AFSCME and SEIU are interested in playing fair, this paragraph indicates otherwise:
MLFCCA has forwarded multiple testimonies of deceptive organizing practices to union officials and later to you; including multiple reports of impersonating a food program monitor in order to gain access to a home. This has made it clear that providers have not received the factual information they need to help them min ake their decision. As requested, we will continue to forward these reports.
Clearly, the union organizers are meeting with substantial resistance. Clearly, this isn’t going the union’s way. If it were going smoothly, they wouldn’t need to resort to these disgusting tactics.
First, there’s a distinct possibility that Gov. Dayton’s executive order will be overturned when Sen. Hann’s lawsuit is heard. Second, the unions know that there’s a very real possibility that they’ll be defeated if all 11,000 in-home child care providers vote.
Thus far, it’s apparent that the unions’ strategy has been to focus on the 4,300. If they have to get a majority of 11,000 votes, that’s an additional 3,400 votes they’ll need to get. That might be unattainable.
This isn’t about giving in-home child care providers “a voice in St. Paul.” It’s about increasing the unions’ political clout. In-home child care providers already have “a voice in St. Paul”, thanks to the MLFCCA and other lobbying organizations and trade groups.
That’s why it isn’t a stretch to think that Gov. Dayton, who owes his election to unions like AFSCME and SEIU, tried rigging this election.