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Franson comments on childcare mediation settlement

ST. PAUL – Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) released the following statement on the news that Governor Dayton and the Bureau of Mediation Services will be forced to pay $60,000 to home-based childcare providers who successfully fought in court Governor Dayton's illegal attempt to unilaterally impose a childcare union election in 2011.
 “This is a victory for the hardworking childcare providers of Minnesota. Governor Dayton’s attempt to unilaterally impose a union election on childcare providers needlessly wasted $60,000 of taxpayer dollars as he defended his action in court. Now the taxpayers are on the hook to clean up his mistake,” said Franson. The lawsuit relating to the 2013 childcare unionization law passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature and signed by Governor is pending in federal court. The law itself remains on hold after an injunction was ordered by a federal appellate court.
 “While the fight in federal court goes on, I’ll continue to advocate for the hardworking moms and dads of Minnesota who can’t afford the higher costs and fewer options that unionization imposes on childcare,” said Franson.
Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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