|SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AMY KOCH'S STATEMENT ON JUDGE’S DECISION TO HALT DAY CARE UNION ELECTION|
St. Paul- Ramsey County Judge Dale Lindman issued a temporary restraining order Monday, December 5 to immediately halt the child care provider unionization election ordered by Governor Mark Dayton. Ballots were set to be mailed this week and the election completed by the end of the year. Judge Lindman's issuance allows for a hearing on the subject on January 16, 2012. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch (R-Buffalo) issued the following statement in response to Judge Lindman’s decision.
“I am pleased to hear Judge Lindman agreed to block the day care union election, ordered by Governor Dayton, from proceeding this week. The unionization of child care providers has been a long-time goal of AFSCME and SEIU and the Governor’s attempt appears to be payoff for political support he received from those unions in the 2010 election,” said Senator Koch. “Minnesota’s private child care providers represent the type of entrepreneurship that we encourage in today’s economy. What we don’t need is government overreaching into an already highly and carefully regulated industry to expand the power and influence of public union organizations in the state. Decisions regarding our children’s care should be made between parents and their child care providers. I will continue to support small businesses and work to prevent out of control government interference in their efforts to grow and create jobs.”