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Dakota County day-care provider Becky Swanson tells reporters Monday that she fears she could lose her voice with state officials if Minnesotans who provide child care in their homes are allowed to belong to unions. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Some day-care providers fear they would lose say under unions

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ST. PAUL -- Becky Swanson says she fears that she will lose her voice with state officials if fellow day-care providers vote to unionize.


If a majority of 4,300 Minnesota in-home day-care providers vote to join unions, Swanson said, the unions probably would take over all negotiations.

"I'm a small-business owner," the Dakota County day-care operator for 10 children said Monday in announcing she and 10 other child-care providers are suing to prevent the vote.

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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.