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Minnesota Child Care Providers Fight Unionization

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Many day care providers across Minnesota are warning families that their service could soon be in jeopardy.

They're standing up against legislation that could unionize owners of independent day cares.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman met up with some providers in Detroit Lakes where they're working to stop this from happening.They say it's going to cost families more money and providers more of their earnings.

All this sparked from a bill passed earlier this month allowing the vote on whether to form a union for in-home child care providers.

"I have been doing this for almost 17 years," Terrie Boyd said as she gathered a group of child care providers in Detroit Lakes. "A person has to love what they do to stick with it for that long."

Terrie has had her fair share of wiping noses and changing dirty diapers, nearly two decades of dedication to raising kids.

"I'm telling you, all it takes is that hug from a child first thing in the morning."

But, now she says her craft is under fire.

Terrie is one of many Minnesota day care providers fighting efforts to unionize the in-home child care industry.

"It affects all of my families. It affects all providers. It affects all Minnesotans," she said. "It ends up raising my rates which causes hardship for my families. If they fix the subsidy prices higher than what I'm already charging I have to turn around and charge all my families."

These providers say they're not state employees; and their voice is better heard as small business owners.

So, Terrie, and others like her, can continue a lifetime of service to caring for little lives.

"We've worked very hard for our businesses. We're working very hard for and with our families. We are not worker ants," Terrie said.

The vote to create a union can happen any time in the next four years. If the union is created, those not willing to participate will not be able to provide care to low-income families.

Fore more information on unionization, click here.

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