ST. PAUL, Minn. — It may be National Small Business Week, but a group of Minnesota women small business owners were defending, more than promoting, their home-based enterprises in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul.

After temporarily blocking a union drive for child-care providers in September, a three-judge appellate panel heard oral arguments in Parrish v. Dayton, in which 12 licensed family child-care providers squared off against Gov. Mark Dayton and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

“I’m tired of this state and some of our politicians not looking at family child-care providers as small businesses,” said Jennifer Parrish, a Rochester licensed family child care provider and plaintiff. “We pay self-employment tax, we own and run these businesses like any other small business, but these unions and politicians continually refer to us as low-wage workers. It’s offensive.”