Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday ordered a vote among thousands of child care workers across Minnesota on whether they want to join a union.
"I'm just giving people who are for and people who are against [it] what I think is the fairest way, the American way, to resolve their differences, which is to hold an election and let the majority decide," said Dayton, a DFLer who has had union backing throughout his political career.
The state Bureau of Mediation Services plans to send out ballots by Dec. 6. Child care providers will have until Dec. 20 to return them. The election will be limited to providers whose customers receive state subsidies for child care.
I can see why the unions want this: more dues. It's also easy to see why Dayton wants this: unions spend their dues money on behalf of the DFL. It's very difficult to see any benefit for child care workers. Maybe someone can tell me what this gives child care workers, other than a paycheck that has less money in it.