On September 2, Labor Day, providers were out in full force in Southern California calling on our union brothers and sisters to stand with family child care providers in our fight to gain collective bargaining through AB 378. We encouraged fellow union members in Long Beach and the Inland Empire to check in with their local legislators, community organizations, or labor councils to urge them to support AB 378. Union members know having the right to collectively bargain leads to improvements in the quality of life, care, and services we bring to our communities.

In San Bernardino, the Inland Empire Labor Council organized a breakfast fundraiser. Providers Judy Zamora and Eddie McCalister from the High Desert areas talked to local elected officials about AB 378 during the event. They also collected signatures for our petition in support of providers.

“There was an abundance of support for our cause. Everyone was eager to help and showed a great deal of value for our work. I felt very appreciated and it was a pleasure to be around such great unity and positive vibes,” said Judy Zamora, Provider from Victorville.

In Long Beach, providers attended the 40th annual Los Angeles/Long Beach Labor Day Parade and Rally. Hundreds of union families joined together to celebrate the labor movement of Southern California with a massive parade and a picnic. The program also included our very own Local 99 Treasurer and Provider Tonia McMillian.

Providers and staff attend the Labor Day parade in Long Beach.