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Dakota County day-care provider Becky Swanson tells reporters Monday that she fears she could lose her voice with state officials if Minnesotans who provide child care in their homes are allowed to belong to unions. Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.

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ST. PAUL -- Becky Swanson says she fears that she will lose her voice with state officials if fellow day-care providers vote to unionize.


If a majority of 4,300 Minnesota in-home day-care providers vote to join unions, Swanson said, the unions probably would take over all negotiations.

"I'm a small-business owner," the Dakota County day-care operator for 10 children said Monday in announcing she and 10 other child-care providers are suing to prevent the vote.

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