Letter to the Editor: Dykema Vote was Anti-Small Business

Legislation she supported forced home day care centers to pay union dues, he says.

To the Editor:

Government regulations are hurting our local businesses. 

I was disappointed to learn that Rep. Dykema voted to force home day care centers into a state employee union. She’ll say they are not forced, but the state takes the money out of the voucher whether they join or not. These are small women owned home daycares that are being hurt. These small businesses have opposed being in the SEIU for eight years. Instead of the Legislature accepting that decision, they passed legislation to force them to pay union dues. 

Rep. Dykema’s vote was anti-small business. The large corporate daycare centers like Kindercare are exempt. Worse yet, it will cause the rates for parents to increase, and moreso cause them to close their doors. This hurts parents and children who rely on trusty local daycares.

On Nov. 6, we can do better.  Vote Marty Lamb for state representative.


Donald Folkes


Gina Sabin October 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Dykema votes against women and sides with the big unions. That's what this is, a pure political pay off and women pay the price. This issue directly affects me. If a home daycare accepts ONE child on a voucher they are forced into the union!! If the legislature wanted to increase the rates they could just do it. Senate Republicans offered an amendment to increase the rates and Democrats voted it down. Hence this is just to put home daycare people into a union. Two years ago the union tried to recruit the home daycare centers into the union. They were turned down so now they got the legislature to force them into the union. Why do daycare centers need a lobbyist??? That's what is wrong. This puts home daycare at a competitive disadvantage because thy now have to pay union dues in the cost of doing business. Home daycare centers are being forced if they accept one child. Moreover, if the home daycare centers want to add children to their center to cover the costs, they can only take voucher children. This is a disaster for mothers and children and Ms. Dykema doesn't care. All she wants is big labor union money. Sickening.
Joe Barbieri October 26, 2012 at 05:35 PM
This is a terrible hit to women owned businesses. This, of course, will either drive up prices or force the daycares to close. Either way, it's parents and kids who lose-lose. Ms. Dykema is heartless to put big labor union special interests over moms and kids and women trying to earn a living taking care of them. Disgraceful.
K Napolitano October 26, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Dykema is hurting the district when she voted to force home day care people into a state union. That was a vote solely for the unions. That vote hurts a lot of local small businesses and parents who need and trust local day cares. That vote was a big hit to women, both women who are mothers and women who run these small Mom owned daycares. It raises their costs and puts them out of business.
Iron Mike October 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Her vote on this hurts a lot of folks: - the moms who rely on neighborhood daycare so they can work. - the home daycare providers. - the employers who are counting on working moms to staff their businesses. - the kids who will always have a closer relationship to their neighborhood providers than they would to a daycare factory store like Next Generation. So WHO benefits? The SEIU leadership [dues] and Mz Dykema [political contributions]. Anybody smell anything rotten in this kind of politics?
Lisa Keefe October 27, 2012 at 07:44 AM
These Dykema votes hurt women who run the daycare and parents who need a trusty local daycare that is reasonable. They raise their costs and parents suffer and things are tough enough these days. Also, if these mom owned daycares can't keep going, they close, and that leaves a big void in the neighborhood. All around this Dykema vote to force them to unionize has terrible repercussions. There's no common sense in voting for something so awful.
K Napolitano October 28, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Ms Dykema's vote burdens women who have these in-home daycares and makes life that much more difficult for women who rely on them. Mothers and children end up on the short end with higher costs to bear or a daycare that closes it's doors. It's one of many terrible votes by Ms. Dykema.
K Napolitano October 28, 2012 at 08:49 PM
This is one of the best examples of how Ms Dykema's votes hurt people and business. In this case, hurts woman owned small business and mothers and children.


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