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Published May 26, 2013, 04:55 PM

Some Minnesota daycare providers oppose the idea of a union

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- One of the main groups to oppose new Minnesota legislation for child care providers to unionize, says it will likely file a lawsuit against the state this week.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- One of the main groups to oppose new Minnesota legislation for child care providers to unionize, says it will likely file a lawsuit against the state this week.

DFLers argue this law doesn't force anyone to join a union, just puts the option out there. Those who oppose say the court will strike it down because it conflicts with federal law that bars unionizing for business owners or employees.

Terrie Boyd/Terrie's Tots Childcare Owner: "Love my kids, think that's obvious"

Terrie Boyd has been running Terrie's Tots for nearly 17 years. And with upwards of 12 kids on her hands, she says she's not about to let a union tie hers.

Boyd: "My Facebook has lit up with people saying we can't do this"

Minnesota lawmakers have passed a bill allowing day care providers and home caretakers to unionize... if they vote to.

Marquart: "Overall it has some good possibilities. Let the folks decide, let homecare workers and childcare providers decide."

Boyd: "Right now, I'm feeling like this is an unconstitutional power issue."

Critics call even the idea crazy and say people taking care of children in their own homes should not become employees of the state.

Supporters saying unionizing may bring costs down, while giving providers a bigger voice.

Marquart: "It does not force anyone to join a union, there's not going to be increased costs for childcare."

With the other side arguing exactly the opposite.

Boyd: "Every time the rates go up, someone else loses out."

And for Terrie, that could mean losing some of her most valued relationships, with kids who may no longer be able to afford care. Only childcare providers who receive state subsidies would be able to take part in the vote to unionize.

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