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Senate works overnight on day care unionization

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Minnesota Senate stayed up all night debating a bill that allows personal care attendants and home day care providers to unionize.

The debate began Tuesday afternoon and continued Wednesday morning as senators offered a series of amendments.

The bill is a priority of two unions -- the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. They argue unionization 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's being forced on them.

The Star Tribune reports Republican Sen. Carla Nelson, of Rochester, says it's an unwanted, unnecessary bill that will result in higher costs for parents, lower pay for child-care providers and $8 million in union dues.

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