Thompson supports child care providers’ choice [UPDATED]Published 9:32am Friday, July 19, 2013 Updated 11:40am Friday, July 19, 2013
Senator Dave Thompson, Republican candidate for governor, issued the following statement in support of child care providers who do not wish to be coerced into joining a labor union.
“Several weeks ago, Governor Mark Dayton and the Democrats in the legislature jammed through legislation to force union representation on child care providers.
“These independent businesspeople do not want this. Earlier today, attorneys argued in federal court that this state law violates the U.S. Constitution and the National Labor Relations Act, which does not allow employers to participate in union elections.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this union power grab violates federal law, and I stand with the brave souls who have stood up to protect the children and parents they serve against this intrusion by union bosses and Governor Dayton.
“I was astonished to learn that Gov. Dayton referred to these child care providers as ‘extremists.’
“In the courtroom today I observed something quite different. “It was a classic ‘David vs. Goliath’ scene.
“Attorney Doug Seaton and one assistant represented the women who care for our children against a team of lawyers representing union bosses and the government.
“I sincerely hope our system will protect the people who serve our working families.
”We need a governor that represents all Minnesotans and not just the powerful, such as union bosses. As governor I would work hard to end this unfortunate power grab.
“This is not a partisan issue. I believe many Democrats in the legislature would join me to protect our child care providers.”