Three options for Dayton in unionization case

The man who represented DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in a Ramsey County District Court hearing Monday says the governor now has three options in the legal fight over a unionization election for child care providers.

Solicitor General Alan Gilbert sent a letter to Dayton’s office yesterday outlining the options, which were discussed the day before in a meeting with the governor and Attorney General Lori Swanson. Judge Dale Lindman issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) Monday to prevent the vote Dayton had called for in an executive order from moving ahead as schedule. Another hearing is set for Jan. 16 Jan. 17, to decide whether the TRO should be converted to a temporary injunction.

Gilbert said Dayton can contest the court injunction at next month’s hearing. He said a second option ould be to withdraw the executive order, which would make the litigation moot. Gilbert said the governor’s third option is to appeal the TRP to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Dayton’s press secretary said this week that the governor is waiting to receive a written copy of Lindman’s TRO before deciding his next step.

UPDATE

Dayton’s office just announced that “the Governor has decided to contest the issuance of the Temporary Injunction,” at next month’s hearing.

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