A judge has dismissed two federal lawsuits aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers.
U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that since no union election or collective bargaining has occurred yet, it would be premature for him to determine the constitutionality of a "speculative scenario."
The lawsuits that were filed claimed that the new state unionization measure violates federal labor law and infringes on first amendment rights of free association. The rulings clear the way for the AFSCME Council 5 union to move ahead with its efforts to organize more than 12,700 in-home providers.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Doug Seaton, the attorney for the plaintiffs.