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Child care workers have little to gain
As the owner of an in-home child care business, I oppose the unionization of Minnesota family child care providers. State Rep. Michael Nelson, the Democratic author of a bill (HF950) to authorize it, has given three reasons he believes in union control:
1) A union will increase Child Care Assistance Program payments. But the House, Senate and governor can increase CCAP payments any time they choose. A union doesn’t need to be forced on us for it to happen.
2) A union would provide more and better educational opportunities for providers. Abundant training is already available through local groups, county and state conferences, support organizations, colleges, and technical schools. All training is approved by the state Department of Human Services.
3) A union will make it possible for providers to keep control of their businesses. I’ve been doing just fine without union help for almost 30 years. I set my own rates, determine my hours, and write my own policies and contracts. I’m a business owner. Unions were designed for employees.
Senate President Sandy Pappas said that if providers don’t want to be part of the union, they can choose not to accept families on CCAP. Therefore, a bill meant to increase benefits for CCAP recipients will ironically reduce options for low-income families.
If unionization is successful, other small businesses will soon be affected. The unions are starting with small businesses and will move on to bigger prey. We need to stop this power play.
Terry Gervais, Bloomington
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There’s ‘ethical,’ and then there’s ethical
Former Minneapolis City Council Member Steve Minn may not have violated any “written” ethics rules (March 20), but how about the “unwritten” ones? The use of pseudonyms in an attempt to “derail a business rival’s projects at City Hall” and “use of fake identities to e-mail city officials and make online postings” would certainly fit in the category of “unwritten” rules.
Andy Pakalns, St. Paul
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May this example encourage others
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