ST. PAUL — They fought off a six-year unionization drive by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Service Employees International Union.
They overturned in court an executive order by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.
And they supported the passage of legislation — vetoed by Dayton — prohibiting union dues from being deducted from state child care subsidy payments.
Not bad for a loosely knit group of small business owners struggling to call attention to an issue that even political insiders hadn’t heard of at this time a year ago, when the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota first reported concerns over coerced unionization among the state’s 11,300 licensed family child care providers.
They still go by an ad hoc name, “Coalition of Child Care Providers”, a decentralized group that crosses political parties, consisting of a core leadership group of nearly one dozen women statewide.
Despite prevailing against politically powerful unions and Minnesota’s top elected official, they aren’t taking anything for granted, other than the reality that home-based private providers remain more vulnerable than ever to the same forces and tactics.