St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - After some 10 hours of debate, the Minnesota House has approved a measure allowing daycare providers to unionize.
The vote comes on the final day of the 2013 legislative session.
The House discussion began over the weekend and ended this afternoon with a very tight 68 to 66 vote.
The Senate approved it last week after spending 17 hours debating the contentious measure.
This afternoon's debate on the floor showcased strong opinions, both for and against the bill which will allow about 12 thousand private daycare providers the option to collectively bargain.
Outside the chamber, a handful of people said they're opposed to the measure, because they believe it gives the Government unfair power.
Inside the chamber... members of several unions said today's vote is just the beginning.
"And now finally we're going to be able to talk to folks and let them know the benefits of being a part of a collective bargaining unit because the more our sisters stand with us on these things, the stronger we become," Karla Scapanski, a childcare provider, said.
"It's very disappointing we've known this is a bad bill from the beginning it's not fair, it shouldn't even have gone through committee for it to make it this far is really disappointing," Natalie Marose, , a childcare provider, said.
The bill now head's to the Governor's desk where he is expected to sign it.
Several lawmakers and childcare providers, standing outside the Chamber today, said there will be a lawsuit to come.
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