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Child care provider Hollee Saville of St. Michael says on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, that people like her are business owners and should not belong to unions. Looking on is attorney Doug Seaton, who filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of providers to overturn a new Minnesota law allowing unions. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Child care providers challenge new state law in federal court

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota child care providers who want nothing to do with a union are taking a new law to federal court.

The law Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton signed Friday allows home-based child care providers who receive state subsidies to care for children to ask for a vote that could lead to joining a union.


“We are not public employees,” St. Michael child care provider Hollee Saville said Wednesday as she and 10 other providers filed the federal case.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.