Child Care Unionization


The Minnesota Governor has granted unions the opportunity to vote on whether or not day-cares should be unionized…why not the providers and the parents of the children who use them?   But no, they do not get to vote.  The Gov. pushed this through in a copy-cat move of Pres. Obama’s health care; sickening Reid and maybe more sickening, Pelosi, pushing it through without reading the innards.  Just as Obama is indebted to the unions nationwide, so is Dayton on a statewide scale.

The only child care providers eligible to vote on whether to unionize are those providers that are state-licensed and state-subsidized and yet all daycare providers must submit to the outcome.  So a small fraction of the providers will vote to unionize — and then, more than likely, all Minnesota childcare providers will be forced to pay union dues and that is the way of communism.  It is not the way of a republic.

For in a republic the decision goes to the majority. Well, here is the dictionary entry for republic: A state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them. 

A well-documented detrimental product of unionization is less flexibility. Union contracts do not allow for flexibility (without lavish benefits). Families have ever-changing schedules that will conflict with union contracts. A likely outcome: an increase of unfair labor practices. Unfair labor practices will lead to increased litigation, escalating child care costs.

A number of families can only afford child care through subsides awarded by the state. Gov. Dayton’s executive order not only restricts availability of child care to families in need, it forces the taxpayer to bear the added expenses from unionized child care.

If Minnesota’s desired outcome is to provide affordable child care, Gov. Dayton must rescind his E.O.  Unionization requires forced dues payment, loss of worker rights, and restricts entry into markets. Reducing providers and making child care a less attractive industry for potential entrepreneurs are steps in the wrong direction. Maintaining worker rights and freedom to choose will afford Minnesotans ample quality child care. Unfortunately, Gov. Dayton’s choice will deny widespread access to affordable child care in Minnesota in order to line the pockets of Big Labor.

The governor reportedly issued the executive order as an unabashed offering to Big Labor — as the fulfillment of a promise that earned him union support in the last election.

This move is scary twice over — first is to allow Big Labor’s extortion of dues from unwilling union members.  The second is Mark Dayton’s prompting of an expansion of the state government into the childcare space. It’s hard to say which causes me more worry.

What has happened to our republic?  I think I know what is slithering in and infiltrating our society, it is a thing called socialism.  Socialism is a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.  In Marxist theory, it is the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism.  It is characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

The happy days are gone, not only that, but we are becoming 3rd world like.  I lived in the Philippines for approximately 5 years and I can see many similarities, woe are we .

One of the headlines in the paper today was, “Minnesota child care providers sue to block unionization election.”  How did it come to this?  I think the answer is clear: the government is getting so big and rich and powerful that it is able to dictate who should belong to unions (of course the unions had a rich and mighty hand in bringing Obama to the presidency and Dayton to the governorship.)  What can the unions offer a private daycare?  A brotherhood of ne’er do wells along with the acquiescence to pay their dues? 

 Back in the ‘80’s we were the painting contractors hired to paint the, “Teamster’s Union Hall,” and guess what?  We were a non-union company!  They knew that and there was nothing hidden except the pyramid scheme.  We met at one of their houses for that.  It sickens me to see people thinking that the unions are so great and can do no wrong. 

 A well-known maxim of Karl Marx was, “Unionism will lead to Communism.” But at least there will be equality then because everybody will be poor.

Steve Richie

Hi folks, Two lives in one lifetime. The first me, lived to age thirty-four. That Steve was overly confident and oozing with pride. Then, on a record heat-setting day (107º) here in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a one car near-fatal wreck left me in a two-month long coma. I emerged much as I was before minus certain physical capabilities, but my mind seemed mostly in tact. The crash and its effects did not change me (I emerged a happy individual) but the deeds perpetrated against me in the ensuing months from my wife of sixteen years scared and humbled me as I was dragged down with nothing left by my wife who now had guardianship over all of our accounts. And neither would she allow me to see our kids. She took everything out of, "Our" names and changed them to her name only; then would not allow me to our home and divorced me. I was angry, but no more. I spent half of 1988 and more than half of 1989 in hospitals, nursing homes and a three month stint at a head-injury rehab center where I was being taught how to re-enter society as this different person, that I didn't know. I was not able to return to my previous line of work, a self-employed decorator, you know, painting and paperhanging. It was a physical job which required much dexterity, finesse, and a good grasp of numbers. I returned to the beginning, school, but on a community college level. One of the instructor's liked my writing and I began focusing my attention on that. I attended classes at, "The Loft," A Place for Writers in Minneapolis. While there, a classmate of mine was having her friend from New York, a CBS executive, to her home for the holidays and asked me if she could do a critique on a couple chapters of a book I was writing, "A Day I'll Never Remember" and I obliged. When she returned to class the following Monday she told me that the exec wanted a ten-page synopsis of the book for a possible movie; I was excited. After obliging for that also, I never saw or heard from her or the guy from CBS. Next thing I knew I was watching a movie called, "Regarding Henry" starring Harrison Ford and the scenes of therapy were exactly like what I went through and had written about. Regarding Henry - could've been my story except that, "Henry" got his head injury from a gunshot and his wife stayed with him throughout the ordeal. Coincidence I'm sure, though, the therapy scenes entailed what I described in the book so I always wondered..... My hope, my dream is to bolster our income for my daughter and for myself. I am and have been raising this beautiful, talented little girl who was diagnosed with autism at age two, since 2006 singlehandedly. I divorced her mother the same year following complaints that I spent too much time with our daughter. However, Stephanie began school with no need for special education. She has been reading since age four and understanding what she'd read. Stephanie maintains straight "A's" on her report card, has published two books (through school) and has been selected as an, "Honors" student for seventh grade English. My ex moved to New York to be closer to her sister and has been remarried now for a number of years. Well, that's only a snippet of my sixty-one years and I would like to thank you for reading, thank you.


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