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Franson Introduces Legislation to Repeal Childcare Unionization

Thursday, January 29, 2015
ST. PAUL – Today Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria), a former childcare provider, introduced legislation – known as the “Hands Off Child Care Act” – that would repeal the childcare unionization law of 2013.
“The vast majority of childcare providers do not want be forced into a union,” said Franson. “Given the high costs of childcare in Minnesota, this legislation will help alleviate costs that unionization would bring providers, moms, and dads.”
In July of 2014, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the injunction placed on the childcare unionization law. Currently, AFSCME is in the process of collecting signatures to petition the Bureau of Mediation Services for a union election.
“This legislation will give parents and providers certainty that they don’t need to fear the higher costs and fewer options that unionize would impose,” said Franson.