Court weighs whether to halt day care union drive

Published 10:36 am Thursday, July 18, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS — Opponents of a drive to unionize operators of some in-home Minnesota day cares are pressing a federal judge to halt the process.

The judge was scheduled to hear arguments Thursday from foes seeking an injunction to stop a potential union election. Meanwhile, state lawyers want a set of lawsuits dismissed.

The cases involve a newly enacted state law that enables labor unions workers to pursue the union election. They say a union could improve working conditions and reimbursement rates.

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The opponents contend the effort could improperly force independent business owners to unionize or force them to pay dues even if they don’t join.