This might ruffle some feathers, but...well, I need to sound off...
Governor Dayton and State Representatives,
I am outraged by the upcoming vote to unionize childcare providers. This is an extremely unfair election.
I have been a childcare provider for over 8 years. I enjoy running my own business and serving families in Central Minnesota. During my time as a childcare provider I have served both wealthy and poor families, even families receiving Child Care Assistance. I build my business on treating others the way I would want to be treated.
I have always had a successful business and I do not need anything that a union has to offer. Even more importantly, I work for MYSELF and my family and the families I serve, not the government and not for some other entity. I am happy to abide by state laws regulating the safety of children in my care, but a union will NOT increase safety nor provision for these. It will ROB my family of limited resources.
I have VERY strong religious and personal views AGAINST unions. Collecting mandatory union dues is a slap in my face. I have a large family, therefore I can only care for a couple of daycare children. This amount of income is tiny--making only 2 to 5 dollars per hour GROSS (you don't want to know what my net per hour is). Yet this tiny amount of income does contribute to my family--helping to put food on the table and buy clothes for my children. The largest benefit is it allows me to stay home with my children--I am able to breastfeed my baby, provide loving care for my preschoolers, and even homeschool my older children. Getting a job outside my home would have tremendous sacrifices and after the cost of childcare I would have NOTHING left over.
With the unionization of childcare providers and MANDATORY dues, I am now faced with the reality that the tiny amount of profits I do make will be dwindled even further. Or that I will have to raise my rates, therefore passing on the cost to already strapped parents. What a selfish sacrifice the state is requiring!!! This is ridiculous!
Providers should not be required to join a union nor to pay union dues. Providers should not be required to join a union or pay union dues in order to receive child care assistance payments.
Please protect the freedom of small business owners!