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DAY CARE UNION: Minn. House passes bill 68-66

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    On Monday, lawmakers in the Minnesota House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to allow day care workers to unionize. Gov. Mark Dayton is set to sign it, but what will happen next?
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    The Minnesota Capitol saw dozens of hours of heated debate on child care unionization, and FOX 9 News spoke with two providers, one for and one against, about the impact.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

After two days of bitterly contested debate, the Minnesota House passed a bill allowing day care and home care providers to unionize on a 68-66 vote.

Advocates and adversaries voiced their opinions all weekend at the Capitol.

The Senate passed the measure after a 17-hour debate last week. The House debated Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, and took it up for the third time on Monday afternoon before a vote that was greeted by cheers from the gallery.

It will now make its way to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is likely to sign the bill into law.

The celebration was not welcomed by Republicans, who were upset by the display.

"Obviously, they run this place," said Rep. Mary Franzen (R-Alexandria. "They can do what they want -- and for the Speaker of the House to gently gavel them down was appalling."

Republicans call the bill a power grab by unions.

The bill would affect personal care attendants for the disabled and elderly as well as in-home child care providers who accept state subsidized payments from low-income parents. Union members would be able to bargain for higher reimbursements from the state and retain the option to file grievances, but child care workers would not have the right to strike.

"This is just giving us the right to go out and ask providers if they want to join the union," said Karla Scapanski. "This is not pushing the union on anyone."

If Dayton signs the bill, union supporters would have four years to organize and vote on whether to form a union. They will need more than 50 percent of in-home day care providers to vote yes to be successful.

Yet, opponents say they plan to remain vocal and may even refuse to care for state-subsidized children going if a union is formed.

"It will limit me for C-CAP children, for those that are on subsidies, because I would never join a union," Elaine Green told FOX 9 News.

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