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Judge suggests Dayton could have avoided union vote lawsuit

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ST. PAUL -- A judge deciding the fate of a child care providers' union election said Wednesday that Gov. Mark Dayton could have avoided a lawsuit by conducting a less formal survey.

Ramsey County District Court Judge Dale Lindman told Dayton attorneys that the governor only needed to call a commissioner and ask them to survey child care providers to see if they want unions to represent them.

"He still could," Lindman said.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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