Judge halts union vote for child care providers

A Ramsey County judge has blocked a a unionization vote among state-subsidized child care workers that was scheduled to begin this week.

Judge Dale Lindman issued a temporary restraining order today after hearing about three hours testimony. Lindman at least partially agreed with the plaintiffs, who argued that Gov. Mark Dayton exceeded his executive branch authority when he ordered a unionization election. The judge said he too thinks the process should start with the Legislature. Tom Revnew, an attorney for the 11 plaintiffs, said he was pleased with the ruling.

“The vote will not take place, at least as of Dec. 7,” Revnew said. “The court will be reevaluating the circustamnces come January, when we’re back back at a hearing. But at least temporarily, there will not be a vote.”

Another hearing was scheduled for Jan. 16.

Gov. Dayton released a statement saying he respects the court decision, and that he plans to meet with the attorney general to consider the next steps. Dayton stressed that he still believes that “people should have the right to elections to determine their own destinies.”

  • kristina

    Sure, people have a right to elections, however the vote should be fair. I was apart of the majority who wasn’t allowed to vote because of Dayton. And because of the letter I seen from the union to the governor and the decision the governor made, I am against the union. Don’t sit there and tell me you want to be “my voice” when even before becoming a member you work with the government to take my voice away. That tells me that between both there is shady business practices at work.That is not a business practice I conduct unlike them and I want no part of. If they are conducting business such as that now, I only fear what they would do if they are fully supported. What other junk are they telling people to potentially make a profit? This is a perfect example of big business going after small businesses. I didn’t get paid for my writing to the Governor whom gave me no response. I didn’t get paid for the time I spent calling my district reps for how to get my right to vote. I can’t put a price tag on the time I have spent away from my family or the time away from clients regarding this issue. Yet, some providers like Lisa Thompson are getting paid by the union for their support. Hmmm, again bad business. I don’t expect to get paid nor would I get paid when it comes to protecting my clients, children in care, my family, and myself. The injunction of the vote should prove providers don’t need a union to be “our” voice we can gather together on our own without having to pay monthly dues to make changes.