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Sen. David Hann tells reporters at mid-day Monday that he and other Republicans plan to sue Gov. Mark Dayton over the Democrat's decision to hold a vote so day care providers can decide if they want to be unionized. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Dayton orders day care union vote; GOP to sue

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday ordered an election to allow child care providers to vote whether they want a union representing them.


Republicans immediately said they will go to court to prevent next month's vote.

Dayton said child care providers who receive state subsidies asked him to unilaterally order union representation to improve their wages and working conditions. However, he said, the American way is to conduct an election.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.