Associated Press, Published May 15 2013
Minnesota Senate works overnight on day care unionizationST. PAUL — The Minnesota Senate stayed up all night debating a bill that allows personal care attendants and home day care providers to unionize.
The debate began Tuesday afternoon and continued Wednesday morning as senators offered a series of amendments.
The bill is a priority of two unions — the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. They argue unionization would give workers a louder voice to press for standards, training and higher state reimbursement rates. Opponents, including some providers, see it as a grab for union dues that's being forced on them.
The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/19s8H82 ) reports Republican Sen. Carla Nelson, of Rochester, says it's an unwanted, unnecessary bill that will result in higher costs for parents, lower pay for child-care providers and $8 million in union dues.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com
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