House Narrowly Passes Home Care Worker Collective Bargaining Rights Bill

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House Narrowly Passes Home Care Worker Collective Bargaining Rights Bill

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 1:57 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- On a 68-66 vote, the Minnesota House narrowly passed a bill that grants collective bargaining rights to home care workers.

The bill now heads to Governor Mark Dayton's desk. If he signs the bill, about 12,000 workers would be allowed to start the process of holding an election to vote on a union.

Since the House put the bill on the calendar for Saturday, workers have been camped outside the chambers to show their support.

Democrats hailed this piece of legislation as a priority for day care providers who have felt the brunt of budget cuts the past few years. Republicans, however, call the bill an overreach of government.

The vote came after more than 10 hours of debate stretching over three days, with Republicans threatening to filibuster with more than 100 amendments. The Senate passed the bill early Wednesday morning after 17 hours of debate.

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