Twin union drive in Minn. stalls on tie vote

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A twin drive to create new unions for personal care attendants and home day-care owners has stalled on a tie vote in a Minnesota Senate committee.

The bill is a priority of two unions that have argued organizations would give workers a louder voice to press for standards, training and higher state reimbursement rates. Opponents, including some providers, see it as a grab for union dues that is being forced on them.

The bill would have led to votes within the professions on whether to organize.

Lawmakers on both sides say they don’t expect Monday’s 11-11 vote in the Senate Finance Committee will be the last word. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, says she will ask for reconsideration as soon as Tuesday.

Two Democrats, Terri Bonoff of Minnetonka and Barb Goodwin of Columbia Heights, voted with all Republicans against the bill.

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