St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota Senate has a given the green light to a measure that would give the state's home care and child care workers the opportunity to unionize.
Some lawmakers say at-home workers are largely underpaid for the services they provide.
Private day care providers, opposed to a union, say it should be up to them how they run their business.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) said labor unions have a major impact on Minnesotans' standard of living.
"It just gives this group of workers, that don't have the right to have a vote an opportunity to decide if they can form a union and form a bargaining unit so that they can bargain for some of the things my union card has provided for me," Sen. Bakk said.
"It will make childcare more expensive for families and tax payers. It will lower payments to providers. It will provide fewer choices for parents especially in rural area and finally it will provide an estimated $8 million in union dues," said Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester).
Governor Mark Dayton's executive order calling for a union election in 2011 was declared unconstitutional.
The Minnesota House is expected to vote on the bill this weekend.