Child Care Union Bill Passes, Unions Could Collect Millions

Updated: 05/21/2013 7:30 AM By: Nick Winkler

A bitter debate results in opportunity for providers to unionize. However, Republicans say unionization would drive up daycare costs.


The bill will allow the approximately 12,700 registered in-home care providers a chance to decide whether to form a union.

If a union were to form, providers would have to pay union dues if they accept state child care subsidies, or they would be required to pay what are called "fair share dues" if they choose not to join.

Those who would rather not participate at all say they will have to turn away children whose parents pay with subsidies.

Unions backing the bill stand to collect millions of dollars in union dues, according to various estimates.

Governor Mark Dayton says he plans to sign the bill into law.