AFSCME changes story about using tax dollars for union organizing

By   /  January 9, 2014  /  Children, County Government, Featured, Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments

MY BAD!  AFSCME tells MN county board the uproar over using taxpayer funding for organizing on a self-inflicted error on a federal government report. Ramsey Co. Photo.

AFSCME has wasted little time reacting to a Watchdog Minnesota Bureau report, which found the union took taxpayer money designated for child-care training and used it for union organizing.

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Minnesotans question taxpayer funding for union affiliate’s seminars

By   /  November 22, 2013  /  Children, County Government, Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments

ALL IN:  Ramsey County Board of Commissioners reinstated $50,000 in funding for AFSCME-related group's training seminars for child care providers, including Com. Victoria Reinhardt (front row on right).  Ramsey County Photo.

By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Now you see it, now you don’t — or do you?
For months, a $50,000 contract for the union-affiliated group Child Care Providers Together to provide informational seminars for families and other child care providers was axed from the proposed Ramsey County 2014-15 budget.
But it didn’t stay cut.
Behind [...]

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Supreme Court could raise stakes in MN child care union case

By   /  October 4, 2013  /  Children, Minnesota, News, Supreme Court, unions  /  2 Comments

OPPONENT ON CALL:  Jennifer Parrish a MN union opponent helps train child care providers facing unionization in Rhode Island.

By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau

MINNEAPOLIS — When the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently put Minnesota’s child care provider union election on hold, it appeared thousands of small business owners might get a breather from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ eight-year organizing campaign.

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Report: NM child care rife for potential fraud, sex offenders

By   /  September 26, 2013  /  Children, Featured, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

KIDS AT RISK?: A state government report harshly criticized child care oversight in New Mexico, alleging potential for fraud and reporting three instances of sex offenders living at the same site as child care facilities.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — Too many of New Mexico’s child care centers are rife with sloppy and lax record-keeping, potentially costing taxpayers millions of dollars. On at least three occasions, registered sex offenders were living at the same address as child care locations, a state government report found.
In a 75-page report [...]

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Last-chance lawsuits in MN aim to stop child-care union

By   /  June 4, 2013  /  Children, Featured, Labor relations, Legislature, Minnesota, News, State Government, unions  /  5 Comments

One federal lawsuit down and one to go.

Each lawsuit challenges, on different legal grounds, the constitutionality of a newly passed law authorizing a union vote of thousands of licensed, home-based child-care businesses and personal care attendants.

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