Columnists didn’t portray the reality
The recent commentary on child-care worker unionization by Tom Horner and Tim Penny was, at best, deceptive (“Child care labor move is an overreach,” April 21). The pending legislation does not “create” a union. Rather, it simply allows the child-care providers to vote on whether or not they want union representation. What’s wrong with that? Child-care providers came to labor unions almost 10 years ago on their own looking to form a union. Shouldn’t they have the right to decide this issue on their own, like everyone else?
PATRICK GUERNSEY, St. Paul
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Last year, the courts made it clear that Gov. Mark Dayton couldn’t order a vote on child-care unionization. Instead, Ramsey County Judge Dale Lindman wrote, “The proper method to proceed is for the matter to be brought to the Legislature.”
As legislators, we are simply responding to caregivers interested in forming a union and that court decision. If there isn’t any interest in forming a union, as Penny and Horner suggest, then no one will sign an authorization card or vote in favor of creating one.
Since World War II, the share of the economy in goods production has fallen from 50 percent to less than 20 percent. Today, roughly 80 percent of Americans work a service-sector job — and collective-bargaining rights haven’t kept up.
This is legislation is about giving service-sector employees, such as child-care providers, the chance to vote on whether they want a union, like generations of workers before them.
State Rep. MICHAEL NELSON, Brooklyn Park
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Commentary made illogical comparisons
Equating the denial of global climate change to skepticism about genetically modified food, as Greg Breining did in an April 21 commentary (“What if it’s nice to mess with Mother Nature?”), is like claiming that watching television while your house burns around you is equivalent to teaching your kids not to play with matches.
RONALD MEAD, Minneapolis
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