I am a registered Democrat and have been a Democrat all my life. That is what I have found so disheartening that my own party is doing this. I have even messaged my fellow Democrats telling them essentially they are pissing off their own party, but they do not seem to listen. Although I am TOTALLY against unionization, I remain a Democrat.
My feelings run very deep on this issue. As a Democrat, I have always been taught to support small businesses, that they are what makes this country great and will help build our economy. I am a small business owner and have been for the past 12 years. Instead of my party and state government nurturing my business, they are trying to hurt it through union affiliation and unwanted fees. I am a college educated person who is very active in government and feel that I can do much more for the kids in my care as well as my business than people who care only for the money and not for the kids. I have the education of Minnesota's children in my best interest and feel that this union will hurt them in the long run.
What comes through clearest in these articles is that the DFL didn't listen to these child care providers. They only listened to their special interest allies. The other thing that shouldn't be ignored is that the unions and their DFL puppets are trying to win these elections before the first ballot is sent out. Here's what Heidi said about AFSCME's attempt to rig the unionization election:
But the blatant lie being spread by the paid union representatives is that we will get a vote. I won't. Nope. No vote for me. Why? Because I don't fit into their very narrowly defined criteria of who can and cannot vote. If they gave every licensed provider a vote, it would fail miserably. The union knows this. So they added a large number of unlicensed, family and friends who care for one family's children who get CCAP assistance. They also excluded a majority of licensed providers because they didn't have a family receiving CCAP dollars. They may have in the past, they may again in the future, but not in the narrow timeframe the union had put into the law.
Apparently, the DFL isn't interested in voter participation when it means high voter participation might cost them an election. Apparently their chants of "Count every vote" aren't sincere. Perhaps, they mean "count every vote as long as we win."
Three disturbing things have surfaced about the DFL: a) the DFL cares more about their special interest allies than it cares about small business owners, b) the DFL isn't interested in fair elections if fair elections stand in their way of winning political victories and c) the DFL is a morally bankrupt political party.