The Care-Provider Unionization Debate In A Series of Nutshells

The Shorter Anti-Unionization Activist: “Unionization would force us to,raise prices. Forcing us to unionize to accept state aid payments would cause me to stop accepting kids who get state assistance. Providers can already join the union; in eight years, out of 11,000 providers, exactly 57 have joined. I already work hard on improving the quality of the care I provide. By the way, the stories of unethical behavior on union reps’ parts in the card check process are true and omnipresent. We are independent businesspoeple! If we wanted to work inside of a larger organization, we’d have stayed with our old careers!

The Shorter Rep. Nelson (author of the union jamdown bill, and a carpenters union activist in his per-legislative life): Unions all help provide better quality care, training, and standards.

The Shorter Response To Nelson From Providers: Um, those are the job, in order, of existing licensing authorities, and myself.

The Shorter Pro-union Daycare Provider: I’m a loving nurturing person. I teach my kids. Aren’t teachers unionized?

The Shorter Union AFSCME Rep’s Case, with the actual thought completed in parentheses This bill won’t force anyone into a union! (It’ll merely give a mass of unlicensed fly-by-night providers the right to compel all you licensed providers to unionize to if you get state money.

The Shorter Committee Chair Joe Mullery: Unions don’t skim anything.  

The Shorter Mary Franson (leading opponent of jamdown, and a former provider herself):. This bill isn’t about improving care. It’s about enriching union officials and funneling dues money to the DFL-supporting unions.

The Shorter Carly Melin (27-year old second term rep who was carted directly to her district after graduating from Hamline Law just in time to meet residency requirements, and neither has kids nor any notable non-legislative post-law-school job history): Hey! Don’t insult the unions!

The Shorter Results:. Six in-the-bag-for-the-unions DFLers “yes”, five Republivans “no”.

6 thoughts on “The Care-Provider Unionization Debate In A Series of Nutshells

  1. What manner of reprobate would drop their precious children off into the hands of a union thug?

    Will children be exposed to the sight of baseball bat wielding union “business rep’s” barging in on nap time to do union card spot checks?

  2. I wonder if Nelson would open his tool bin for inspection to show just how much support he gives to his union brothers and sisters. Odds are that he has a bunch of power and hand tools that are made in China. As I’ve said before, all one has to do is spend an hour or so in the power tool aisles at Menard’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s or Northern Tool and you will most likely see at least one union slave purchasing one of these high quality, low cost options.

  3. If an organization wants to provide better daycare, than I believe that said organization is a guild or trade organization, not a union, and craftsmen of all types are still signing up for guilds.

    A union, on the other hand, generally arises out of a situation where one player in the purchase of a given labor commodity is believed to have acquired such market power that a political counterweight is necessary. So we must asssume that in the liberal mind, working mothers are the equivalent of Alfred Sloan, Henry Ford, or Walter P. Chrysler–with the deep pockets to match.

    Um, yeah, right. Heckuva job, Governor Messinger.

  4. So who do the grandmothers, neighbor ladies, and other regular folks who take a few kids into their houses for a few bucks and something to do picket when they unionize?

    Can you stage a walk-out at your own home? Would calling your wife “scab” constitute domestic abuse (and prohibit firearms ownership)?

  5. Boss most (not all) of the tools at Menards or Northern Tool are not high quality. They are low cost options that suffice for most homeowners. Home Depot and Lowes tend to be better for power tool choices.

    Harbor Freight is the place to get low priced tools.

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