Court weighs whether to halt Minn. union drive

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fate of a possible election that could unionize thousands of Minnesota home day-care operators rests with a federal judge.

Judge Michael Davis said Thursday he will rule quickly on whether to halt a union drive that Minnesota lawmakers authorized earlier this year.

Opponents of the effort asked Davis to put the law on hold. Their attorney Doug Seaton says an election appears imminent and it may be impossible to unravel its result.

State Solicitor General Alan Gilbert asked Davis to dismiss a pair of lawsuits challenging the law. Gilbert says the lawsuits are premature and the people suing can’t prove harm from a process that has yet to fully play out.

The proposed union would cover providers who care for children subsidized by the state.

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