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Bill on unionizing in-home care workers to be in committee Wednesday

Posted by: Jim Ragsdale under Minnesota governor, Minnesota legislature, Democrats, Republicans Updated: May 7, 2013 - 11:55 AM

The attempt to allow in-home care workers to unionize will return to the Senate Finance Committee this week.

The committee, which defeated the bill on an 11-11 tie on Monday, has scheduled the same bill for Wednesday's meeting.

Sponsored by Sen. Sandy Pappas, DFL-St.Paul, the bill calls for a vote to determine if certain in-home child care providers and in-home personal care attendants want to join unions. The bill is a major goal of two large unions, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU.)

Pappas has called the defeat a "setback" and said she believes the bill can be moved to the Senate floor without a recommendation that it pass. But opponents question whether the bill can survive a vote of the full Senate.

Wednesday's Senate Finance Committee is in Room 123 of the state Capitol at 8:30 a.m.

 

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