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Union organizing bill headed to court

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May 29, 2013 at 5:33 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A contentious fight over union organizing among certain home-based child care and home health care workers is headed back to court. 

Opponents say they will challenge a law signed just days ago. It gives the American Federation of State Counties and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union a window to press for a unionization vote. Advocates argue the unions could secure higher reimbursement rates and better industry standards. 

The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the organizing after an earlier attempt by Gov. Mark Dayton to allow it through executive order was overturned in court. 

A group calling itself Childcare Freedom planned to file the lawsuit Wednesday. Foes have complained that a union would compel independent business owners to join and pay dues regardless of their stance.

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