Federal Appeals Court blocks MN daycare unionization law

By KBJR News 1

Federal Appeals Court blocks MN daycare unionization law

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 1:43 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A controversial new Minnesota law allowing private childcare providers to unionize has been put on hold for now.

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday to delay implementation of the law.

The appeals court decision means union elections can't be held until the injunction is lifted.

The move comes after a group of daycare providers opposed to unionizing appealed a decision by the US District Court last month to dismiss their case.

Patrick Semmens, vice president of the National Right to Work Foundation, issued the following statement on the appeals court ruling:

"Minnesota's childcare providers are no longer under imminent threat to be forcibly unionized in a union want nothing to do with.

AFSCME Council 5, the union seeking the election, dismissed the injunction as temporary. “This one-sentence ruling has nothing to do with the merits of the case,” said union spokesperson Jennifer Munt. “It’s just a temporary road bump that doesn’t stop us from organizing. We’re moving full-speed ahead because child care providers want a union. We won’t let National Right to Work lawyers take away our right to vote and have a voice.”

Advocates have argued unions could secure higher reimbursement rates and better industry standards.

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