AFSCME: Child-care providers continue to organize despite temporary injunction

Although a federal appeals court last month temporarily blocked a Minnesota law allowing in-home child-care providers to vote on whether they want a union, AFSCME Council 5, the union seeking the election, dismissed the injunction as temporary.

“This one-sentence ruling has nothing to do with the merits of the case,” said union spokesperson Jennifer Munt.  “It’s just a temporary road bump that doesn’t stop us from organizing.”

Thousands of child-care providers statewide who receive subsidies from the state are in the process of organizing a union – a process, Munt said, the judge’s ruling won’t affect.

“We’re moving full-speed ahead because child-care providers want a union,” she said. “We won’t let National Right to Work lawyers take away our right to vote and have a voice.”

The injunction was bankrolled by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which represents providers who oppose the union.  The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said it will wait to see if the Supreme Court decides to hear an appeal on a related case that allows Illinois home-care workers to form a union.

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