To date sixteen states have unionized at home licensed childcare businesses. These businesses are mainly made up of moms and they run their business out of their homes. In 2011 Governor Dayton issued an executive order calling for an election of approximately 4,300 providers who take care of families who receive a subsidy to help offset the cost of care. There are over 11,000 childcare businesses in Minnesota and Governor Dayton’s executive order left out approximately 6,700 providers from the democratic process.
The executive order was challenged in court and the court found the executive order to be illegal and thus Governor Dayton was told the issue had to go before the Legislature for approval.
While a battle was won in 2012 the war on families continue. AFSCME and SEIU are now gearing up to unionize moms and also unionize family who receive state dollars to take care of their vulnerable family member.