For those that want it. Contrary to right-wing lies, people aren’t “forced” to join unions. Anyway, some time ago, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton tried to give some child care providers in Minnesota an opportunity to obtain collective bargaining rights. The exercise of those rights, currently under relentless attack all over this country, is basically what produced the American middle class. Dayton’s attempt to use an executive order was blocked in court. With the legislature back in DFL hands (at least nominally; there’s an additional remark on that, below), another effort is underway.
Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, chief sponsor of the Child Care Collective Bargaining Act, said providers should have a seat at the table, as they do in 16 states.
“They need a unified voice to have a direct impact in raising the standards and quality in the profession,” Pappas said. “To stabilize their workforce, improve their access to training and widening the availability of affordable care for children and working parents, they need a union.”
The bill would affect an estimated 9,000 in-home providers who receive state reimbursements under the Child Care Assistance Program, which is designed to serve low-income families. They would not be classified as public employees and would not have the right to strike.
More generally, in this legislature, will enough DFLers succumb to corporate special interest pressure to block progressive legislation like this, when the chips are down? Still too early to tell, I would say.