Updated: 09/19/2013 9:37 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
A federal appeals court has put a drive to unionize Minnesota home day care workers on hold pending the outcome of a similar case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion Thursday.
Opponents of a law to unionize day care workers had appealed after Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis dismissed their lawsuit, saying it was premature. Davis refused to grant an injunction that would have kept day care workers from unionizing while the appeal was pending.
But the appeals court granted that injunction Thursday, pending a Supreme Court ruling on a similar law in Illinois.
AFSCME Council 5, the union seeking the election, dismissed the injunction as a "temporary road block" and said it won't stop the union from organizing.
Senator Dave Thompson, Republican candidate for governor, issued the following statement in response to the decision:
“Today is a great day for independent business owners that care for Minnesota’s greatest asset, our children. The Court apparently does not agree with Governor Dayton that these hardworking business owners are 'extremists.'
For the last ten years on radio, TV, and as a legislator I have proudly stood by hard working Minnesotans that have fought union bosses and their liberal allies. As your next Governor I will fight against the special interests that have put the capitol up for sale.
“While today’s temporary injunction is certainly good news, we have to fight to get this law off the books for good. During the next legislative session I will introduce legislation to repeal the forced unionization of childcare workers."
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