While this is very good news for Minnesotans who do not support the unionization of daycare providers (or any small business owners for that matter), we have to always ask what can other branches of government do to address this issue.
While the Rule of Law triumphed this morning, at least temporarily, keep in mind that litigation is costly (time, money and emotions) and very risky. These daycare providers should not have to fight the unions or the Governor for the right to run their business without paying dues to a union or interference from the heavy hand of the state. They should not have to litigate for their freedom.
So the next step, besides looking for a governor who respects the right of business owners to be left in peace, is to ask our Legislature in 2012 to clarify the laws so that public unions cannot campaign against people who are self-employed—or any privately held businesses— in the first place. One law being drafted would prevent the unions from getting child care subsidy funds, known as CCAP. This is good policy and it would discourage the unions but they would just look elsewhere for new state subsidies to treat as a new source of dues.
Why are the childcare owners a legitimate target of public unions? They are not state employees or employers–and there is no common or single employer to collectively bargain against as they are employed by parents, not the state. This is crazy stuff but the unions have already succeeded in other states so we have to take this seriously.
I heard Gov. Dayton say that we and other opponents were against elections (apple pie, children, and his new puppy. You get the idea). Yes, we are against elections that are not lawful.
Let’s suppose that a majority of licensed chiropractors (or dentists or doctors) wanted to unionize so they could get higher subsidies for patient care and other benefits from the state. Would that be lawful? Of course not—and those professionals would fight to fend off any union campaign just like these daycare providers have done. But childcare providers do not have paid lobbyists working for them—they are busy taking care of children and running their own businesses. The last thing they need is a knock on the door from their local AFSCME or SEIU rep.
(We keep hearing stories about union organizers coming during lunch or other busy times—pretending that the union card is just for information, rather than signing “yes” to join. Really ethical behavior. Shows a lot of respect for these busy business owners. My advice? Call the cops and report them as trespassers.)
So let’s thank the providers who were brave enough to push back. If you want to help them pay the costs of litigation (this is expensive folks) then go to the Childcarefreedom website and make a donation: https://www.wepay.com/donate/65011