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Child care providers need to do their research on unions, legislation

March 8, 2013

To the editor: Minnesota Family Child Care Providers are once again fighting against the effort to unionize their small businesses....

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Mar-25-13 7:13 PM

My kids were in daycare until recently. This proposal is really bad. It gives me reason not to support DFLers who are pushing it. Why are they doing this?

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Mar-13-13 1:04 PM

There doesn't need to be a union in the first place - then you point out how the union - not the union members - need the money. Sweet deal for the salaries and benefits and expense accounts for the union administration - they even get paid if there is a strike.

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Mar-12-13 6:10 PM

"Commonman" - Why should a non-union worker receive the same benefits as a union worker does if the union got them the benefits? i.e. Both you and I are working for some company making $9 per hour. I decide to join the union and you don’t. The union fights to get union workers $10 per hour. I suppose you would also insist on getting paid $10 per hour because everyone else is. In other words, riding the wave off other people paying union dues.

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Mar-12-13 8:33 AM

Unionization appears to be a solution looking for a problem. If it does not promote the public good in some way, I see no reason to force business owners to participate when they don't want to.

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Mar-10-13 7:41 PM

Agreed, but I would also like to see the legislator's expense reports and benefits. At least a union bargains for raises and benefits, elected politicians just vote it for themselves.

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Mar-10-13 10:52 AM

The only ones pushing for a union are the union leaders, for more cash in their pockets and more cash for influence peddling.

Time for a study on how much union staffers earn every year, what their expense accounts look like and what they do with the rest of the money.

In this business, a strike or big increases in fees means the end of each of these small businesses. The union wouldn't carry their expenses to live on.

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Mar-09-13 7:42 PM

All valid points, Jen. Unionizing would drive up costs of the providers and they in turn would pass that on to the parents. Having to pay dues as a "fair share" member who did not want to be in the union would definitely rankle my kid's daycare.

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