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March 1, 2016
Franson comments on union election results for child care providers
State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, chair of a House committee on child care affordability, issued the following statement regarding today's union election results for independent childcare providers. Providers defeated the unionization proposal by a wide margin, with a vote of...
March 1, 2016 - 4:12pm
Minnesota Farmers Union sees positive action on legislative initiatives
Leaders of the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) were pleased with many of the outcomes of the recently concluded legislative session. "MFU thanks the Legislature and Governor Dayton for passing a strong agriculture budget," said Doug Peterson President of the Minnesota Farmers Unio...
June 1, 2013 - 10:53am
May 15, 2013
Marathon Senate session OKs child care union
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators took nearly 17 hours to approve a bill allowing childcare providers and personal care attendants to unionize. The bill passed 35-32 a little after 8 a.m. today after senators debated it continuously since Tuesday afternoon. "Republicans stalled all...
May 15, 2013 - 11:17am
May 14, 2013
Franson: Bill to unionize childcare providers is political power grab
Senate and House Republicans held a joint press conference today to discuss childcare provider and PCA unionization legislation (HF 950/SF 778). SF 778 is scheduled for a vote in the Minnesota Senate. "There is no need to insert a union between a mother and her childcare provider,"...
May 14, 2013 - 11:34am
May 7, 2013
Bill to unionize daycares is defeated
On Monday, May 6, the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee heard the controversial bill (SF 778) that would have allowed home daycare providers/ personal care attendants to unionize. The bill was defeated in the committee on an 11-11 vote. Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria,...
May 7, 2013 - 10:12am
February 23, 2012
Judge suggests Dayton could have avoided union vote lawsuit
ST. PAUL -- A judge deciding the fate of a child care providers' union election said Wednesday that Gov.
February 23, 2012 - 7:05am
December 5, 2011
Judge stops union vote for day care providers
ST. PAUL -- A judge has put a stop to an effort to unionize in-home day care workers. Ramsey County District Court Judge Dale Lindman today issued a temporary restraining order to at least temporarily put the brakes on a unionization vote, which was scheduled to begin Wednesday. Gov....
December 5, 2011 - 1:47pm
December 1, 2011
GOP Senate committee votes to back suit against day care union vote
ST. PAUL -- A Republican-controlled Senate committee voted 6-1 to support a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's decision to order an election to allow in-home child care provider unions. The Rules Committee Thursday ordered its attorneys to file paperwork in Ramsey...
December 1, 2011 - 11:06am
November 28, 2011
Child-care workers plan suit to stop union election
ST. PAUL -- Eleven Minnesota day-care providers, supported by a coalition of conservative groups, today announced they plan to sue to stop a governor-ordered unionization election. Attorney Tom Revnew said his clients seek an injunction to stop the election, set to begin next week,...
November 28, 2011 - 9:59am
November 15, 2011
Dayton orders day care union vote; GOP to sue
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton this morning ordered an election to allow child care providers to vote whether they want a union representing them. Republicans immediately said they will go to court to prevent next month's vote. Dayton said child care providers who receive state subsidies...
November 15, 2011 - 12:12pm
March 22, 2011
From racino to unions, Legislature in budget race
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature is racing toward a self-imposed Friday budget deadline amid protesters fearing Wisconsin-type anti-union laws, Republicans bucking their party chairman by proposing racinos and key lawmakers saying their budget plans will not be finished by Friday. "Welcome...
March 22, 2011 - 8:37am
February 23, 2011
Minnesota unions, governor support Wisconsin workers
ST. PAUL -- A thousand Minnesota union workers, some still wearing their hard hats, rallied in the state Capitol after work Tuesday to show support for their Wisconsin brethren who are fighting a Republican governor and legislators working to remove most public employee bargaining...
February 23, 2011 - 9:08am
February 7, 2011
Minnesota Farmers Union to lobby at Capitol tomorrow
On Tuesday, February 8, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) will be having their annual lobby day at the State Capitol. "Minnesota Farmers Union is a grassroots organization that emphasizes cooperation and legislative policy," said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President.
February 7, 2011 - 11:29am
January 8, 2011
Minnesota Farmers Union sets 2011 legislative priorities
With grassroots input from its farmer-membership, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) has set priorities for the 2011 legislative session. "This legislative session will be about the state's budget shortfalls and how we improve the economy and create jobs," said Doug Peterson, MFU...
January 8, 2011 - 11:37am
December 26, 2010
Minnesota Farmers Union hires Glen Schmidt as new education director
Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) recently hired Glen Schmidt as its new education director. "Having been involved with the MFU education program for over ten years, Glen will bring a new era of education, cooperation and youth activity at Farmers Union," said Doug Peterson, MFU President....
December 26, 2010 - 2:37pm