Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What that was all about...

Ok, here is a little more information on my union rant from Minnesota Majority (I do believe I am one of the selected few providers that will be allowed to vote in the election, though it still saddens me):

Last week, Governor Dayton issued an executive order calling for a vote to  unionize childcare providers. If he succeeds in his bid to unionize childcare providers, parents will pay more for childcare services and all taxpayers will pay more to fund childcare subsidizes.
Why is this Happening?
Governor Dayton reportedly made a promise to union leaders to sign the executive order in exchange for their support in the last election.  Greedy union bosses want to skim union dues from taxpayer-funded subsidies designed to help poor parents pay for childcare services.  And childcare providers are just the beginning.  In other states, family members caring for relatives with disabilities have also been forced to join a union.
Is this Legal?
We believe Governor Dayton's actions are illegal on a number of fronts.  First, in-home childcare providers are independent small business owners and are therefore not subject to collective bargaining arrangements.  Second, the governor has no legal authority to issue an executive order calling for an election.  Finally, the election he has authorized is rigged -- only some providers will be able to vote in the election even though all providers will be subject to the union's collective bargaining.  Although this is being touted as a “voluntary” union, once the union is formed, under state law, all providers will likely be required to pay “fair share” dues even if they aren’t members of the union.
Minnesotans Should be Outraged!
Recent polls show that 68% of Minnesotans oppose the unionization of childcare providers, but Governor Dayton does not appear to be listening.  With your help, we may be able to stop Governor Dayton's actions.
We must act quickly as the vote is scheduled to begin on December 6.  Here's what you can do to help stop it.
  1. Send a note to your state legislatures demanding that they protect the rights of independent workers: http://www.capwiz.com/mnmajority/issues/alert/?alertid=53559501&type=ML
  2. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and help inform people in your community: http://www.capwiz.com/mnmajority/issues/alert/?alertid=11287611&type=me
  3. Attend the rally for childcare freedom at the state capitol on Saturday, December 3: http://www.childcarefreedom.com/childcare-freedom-rally/
  4. Register on our website If you are a childcare provider willing to stand-up against unionization: http://www.childcarefreedom.com/provider-registration/ 
  5. Make a donation to help us fund a lawsuit challenging the election: https://www.wepay.com/donate/65011
For more information, visit www.ChildcareFreedom.com 

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