House and Senate to focus on unionization of child care

Two Committees in the Minnesota Senate will hold a joint hearing to discuss the unionization of private day care facilities. The hearings come after Gov. Dayton said he was interested in allowing workers in private, home-based child care facilities to vote on whether to form a union. The proposal prompted an outcry from Republican legislative leaders and other groups. Dayton has not issued an executive order and hasn’t definitively said whether he will.

House and Senate Republican both question whether Dayton has the legal authority to take such an action.

The Senate hearing is scheduled for 6pm in Room 15 of the State Capitol on Thursday.

The House Commerce Committee and the Health and Human Services Reform Committtee will hold a joint hearing at 7pm on Thursday.

Update:

An earlier version of this blog post said the House and Senate would both hold hearings on Thursday. House Republican spokeswoman Jodi Boyne says the House hearing has been postponed:

“Out of respect for the citizens and organizations interested in participating in the hearings on unionizing private, in-home child care providers, the Minnesota House has postponed its September 22 joint informational hearing.”

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