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Dan McGrath of Minnesota Majority and Dakota County day-care provider Becky Swanson tell reporters Monday that they support a lawsuit to stop an election that could allow Minnesotans who care for children in their homes to join unions. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Some Minnesota day-care providers fear they would lose say under unions

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ST. PAUL -- Becky Swanson says she fears that she will lose her voice with state officials if fellow day-care providers vote to unionize.

If a majority of 4,300 Minnesota in-home day-care providers vote to join unions, Swanson said, the unions probably would take over all negotiations.

"I'm a small-business owner," the Dakota County day-care operator for 10 children said today in announcing she and 10 other child-care providers are suing to prevent the vote.

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