Unions Organizing Child Care Givers in California


Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill last year giving child care givers the right to organize.  It is no surprise the bill was cosponsored by  Service Employees International (SEIU) California which is which is now trying to organize these workers to pay dues to the union.

Mariana Dale has the story on the laist.com.

Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown had vetoed similar legislation in the past.

An estimated 43,000 ballots are in the mail to home-based providers who receive state funding to care for children from low-income families.

Providers are voting through July 22 on whether to approve representation by Child Care Providers United to negotiate future labor contracts with the state. The votes will be tallied on July 24.

“I think there is some potential, with a collective voice, to get better reimbursement rates,” said Marcy Whitebook, founding director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley.

But it won’t be easy. The same providers faced 10% cuts to state payments for caring for children from low-income families in Newsom’s May budget revision. The legislature rejected those cuts and the Governor has agreed to a budget that spares providers.

Child Care Providers United is a partnership between labor groups SEIU and AFSCME.

In February, providers towed a red wagon full of signed cards in support of the union election through the streets of the state’s capital.

With social distancing in place, the get-out-the-vote effort is now being conducted through social media and with volunteers like Hernández calling fellow providers to encourage them to return their ballots and vote yes.