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Child care unions

Those of you who know me, probably expected me to voice my opinion. I can already hear the sighs but please bear with me. Child care is my live, my passion.

Our local representatives have chosen to support the AFSCME union and opted to include the biggest threat to the existence of licensed day cares.

The threat is not day care centers, as some may think, but unlicensed child care.

There are more unlicensed day cares than licensed providers. The reason for more unlicensed — no mandates, no sanctions, no regulations, no supervision, no safety requirements — absolutely nothing other than CPR, first aid and a background check resulting in cheaper rates. They do not have the overhead that licensed providers have to meet legislative and licensing requirements.

Unlicensed are also being considered to receive USDA food expense reimbursement. Why be licensed?

Their reason for the “yes” vote, according to conversations and e-mails, was to support unions and the PCAs. What are we? Chopped liver? The two groups should have been in separate bills but to insure passage, AFSCME made sure the two groups were placed in the same bill.

The excuse was, to give us the right to vote. This bill gives only some licensed child care providers the right to vote, leaving about 6,000 Minnesota licensed providers without the right to vote but allows the unlicensed providers to vote in their place.

Only one more Democratic vote was needed to tie the vote on SF778 Child Care Unionization Bill.

I have always been a union supporter, but including unlicensed providers is an overreach.

This fight is far from being over!

Katherine Stevens


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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