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Published May 29, 2013, 08:39 AM

Fight over Minnesota union organizing shifts to court

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A contentious fight over union organizing among certain home-based child care and home health care workers is headed back to court.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A contentious fight over union organizing among certain home-based child care and home health care workers is headed back to court.

Opponents filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a law signed just days ago. It gives the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union a window to press for a unionization vote. Advocates argue the unions could secure higher reimbursement rates and better industry standards.

The Star Tribune reports opponents are seeking an injunction blocking a union election.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature approved the organizing after an earlier attempt by Gov. Mark Dayton to allow it through executive order was overturned in court.

Foes have complained that a union would compel independent business owners to join and pay dues regardless of their stance.

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