Testimony Heard on Unionizing Private Day Care Providers

By KBJR News 1

March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A bill that would provide private day care providers, in Minnesota, collective bargaining rights went before a Legislative Senate Committee Monday afternoon.

Thousands of Minnesota families are dependent on private daycare centers to watch their children.

Some lawmakers say at-home workers are largely underpaid for the services they provide.

Private daycare providers opposed to a union say it should be up to them how they run their business.

"The systematic foundation of support that a union will have in our field will bring in countless ways making the business size of family child care less burdensome so we can concentrate on the care giving side of our profession," said Lisa Thompson, a licensed day care provider, who testified for collective bargaining.

"What advantages would I have being a part of this union? There are none. Period," said Julie Seydel, a licensed family child care provider, who is opposed to unionizing. "By becoming a part of a union they will not bargain for my wages. I do not have unsafe conditions in my home. I write my own contracts which include vacation and holiday pay."

Governor Mark Dayton's executive order calling for a union election in 2011 was declared unconstitutional.

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