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Ruud opposes bill allow unions for child car providers

Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, said the bill the Minnesota Senate passed Wednesday regarding the unionization of child care providers and personal care attendants (PCAs) was unwanted and unnecessary. She voted in opposition to the bill, Senate File 778, along with all Republicans and several Democrats.

“This bill ... will make child care more expensive for families and taxpayers. There are also real concerns that this bill would limit choices and options for low-income parents,” Ruud said.

In this legislation, child care providers, both licensed and unlicensed, who provide child care services for a child who qualifies for state public subsidies (principally the Child Care Assistance Program – CCAP) are asked to form a union and collectively bargain with the state to negotiate public subsidy rates and terms of employment, according to her news release. Representation elections for providers must be conducted once a union demonstrates that at least 30 percent of providers have petitioned for an election.

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