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Judge Won’t Block Minn. Child Care Union Drive

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A drive to unionize Minnesota home day care workers will be allowed to continue while opponents appeal.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis refused Tuesday to grant opponents an injunction pending appeal.

Davis ruled last month that the opponents’ lawsuit was premature and threw it out. In his latest order, he said the facts in the case have not changed since then.

A group of day care operators filed with the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They say they are private business owners and that being forced to associate with a union would violate their First Amendment rights.

Democrats who control the Legislature approved the union organizing drive in May.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was authorized to begin its organizing drive as of Aug. 1.

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