Rep. Franson introduced a letter from the law firm of Seaton, Peters & Revnew. Douglas P. Seaton wrote the letter. Rep. Franson read this section from the letter:

The family child care providers affected by the proposed legislation can only be properly described as private sector under the HLRA and can not be converted to “public employees” simply by saying so. Federal law mandates that it is an unfair labor practice for an employer to “…dominate or interfere with the formation or administration of any labor organization or contribute financial or other support to it…” 29 U.S.C. 158 (a)(2) Yet the legislation purports to create a framework to form a union of employers and business owners and as such, is directly contrary to Section 8(a)(2)’s prohibition against employer interference financial contribution to a union. The election called for in the legislation would provide for representation of these employers by unions, giving the employers an impermissable voice in the administration of a union.

It appears as though private employers can’t be converted to being public employees just because the DFL says so.

Throughout the night, childcare providers lobbied legislators when the legislators entered the hallways.

At one point in the debate, Rep. Mike Nelson, DFL- St. Louis Park, spoke on Rep. Ron Kresha’s amendment mandating the print on all unionization drive literature have “at least 14 point font” characters.

Rep. Nelson held up a card that he said the unions were handing out. He said that the card easily passed that test, adding that the amendment was frivolous. Minutes later, Rep. Joyce Peppin returned from talking with the childcare providers still in the Capitol hallway at 4:05 am.

She held up another card that the childcare providers gave her. She then said that much of the print on the card was a small font size.

Time after time during the font size debate, Rep. Nelson said that the BMS, aka the Bureau of Mediation Services, “has been doing these elections for 40 years and they’ve been doing a fine job.”

Finally, Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, asked if the BMS’s work had ever been audited. Rep. Nelson admitted that he didn’t know if they’d been audited, at which point Sarah Anderson asked “Then how do you know that they’ve been doing a fine job?”

The DFL held steady on each of the first five amendments, defeating the GOP amendments with either 69 or 70 votes. (They needed 68 votes to defeat.)

It’s important that I state this about Rep. Peppin’s holding up the union literature with fine print. I don’t think Rep. Nelson is a liar. I think AFSCME gave him the card he held up and told him that’s the size of the font they’d be using. I further think he simply bought their story. Finally, I don’t have any trouble believing that AFSCME wouldn’t hesitate in lying about this. These aren’t nice people. Let’s remember this:

Last month, Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar Store in Union Grove, Wis., was asked to display a pro-union sign in her window. Ms. Bobo, a self- described conservative Republican, refused and received a letter from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees asking her to reconsider.

“Failure to do so will leave us no choice but do [sic] a public boycott of your business,” the letter said.

That’s right. AFSCME threatened to undermine a business owner’s ability to make a living if the owner didn’t support them. AFSCME Council 5 is the Minnesota union pushing childcare unionization.

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