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Child care providers oppose unionization

January 25, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

Child care is our chosen profession because we are concerned with the health and happiness of the littlest ones in our community. Along with nurturing all children from the tiny infant to the school aged child with things like arranging a safe and happy home, providing nutritious meals, organizing activities and structuring learning environments, we also are small business owners.

As independent, small business owners, we see no need for the unionization of self-employed, licensed family child care providers. We are adamantly opposed to both the Executive Order that hoped to put this matter to a vote and to the unfair way in which this vote was to be conducted.

Because of a lawsuit filed by a group of child care providers from the metro area, Judge Dale Lindman issued a restraining order to stop the vote from occurring. The hearing on this matter has been rescheduled for Feb. 22. It is our hope that the judge will completely stop the vote to unionize licensed family child care professionals in Minnesota.

Another group of child care providers from the Rochester area has filed a federal lawsuit with the help of the National Right to Work Foundation to declare Governor Dayton's Executive Order unconstitutional.

If you have any questions regarding the unionization of licensed child care providers, please check out the websites: and Or contact myself, Dinah Spurgin, at 507-276-0356 or Feel free to ask any questions to any of us signing this letter.

Thank you,

Dinah Spurgin

Melanie Smith

Julie Sandau

Val Reid

Kathy Grausam

Liza Zuhlsdorf

Barb Krzmarzick

LaDonna Hoffmann

Kim Krzmarzick

Mary Swanson

Jill M. Berdan

Jeanne Holten

Rhonda Larson

Tiffany Bredeson

Jeanette Lax

Lavonne Hogen

Sherry Karpen

Gerane Spurgin

Darla Remus



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