When providers join together in their Union, we can make big changes and improve our livelihoods and the quality of child care for thousands of families in California. A union means we have a strong voice and a seat at the table with the state of California to negotiate reimbursement rates and working conditions, including changes to rules, payment systems, access to affordable care, and more!
Our vision continues to be to: Improve the lives and well-being of family child care providers by winning fair compensation that reflects the true costs of running a child care business, having access to benefits, like retirement and paid time off, and ensuring that all children and their families regardless of zip code, gender, nationality, language, income, or ability have access to affordable & excellent family child care services
HOW DO WE ACHIEVE OUR VISION?
- BECOME A SELF-SUFFICIENT UNION
- Up until now our local unions have been operating financially with the dues monies from non-child care members to support our work, meaning other workers, such as public school teachers, bus drivers, home care providers, have been supplementing our victories and helping us pay for the work that goes behind each one of our victories. This is not sustainable. Creating our own dues structure allows CCPU to become self-reliant and create a future that allows us to forge
our own path.
- WIN A STRONG SECOND CONTRACT
- Our historic first contract with the state laid the groundwork to win respect for our profession. As we begin negotiating our second contract, our top priorities are:
- Fair Compensation: Rate reform that reflects the true costs of running a childcare business
- Access to Retirement Benefits
- Paid Time Off (PTO)
- Provider inclusion in TK conversations & implementation
- ESCALATE OUR ACTIONS AND BUILD OUR CONTRACT ACTION TEAM
- Winning a strong second contract is not just won at the bargaining table, it’s going to take all of us. We must be ready to fight for what providers deserve to help us build towards making Family Child care a career that will retain and recruit more people into the industry.
- We must make our voices heard by making phone calls to the governor when they’re needed, strengthening the connections with our allies that will help us elevate our negotiations, share our stories, and attend rallies and conferences!
- GROW OUR UNION
- Our power as a union is only as powerful as our membership, our numbers give us the upper hand in negotiations. Together, we can ensure that dedicated providers have the same basic benefits and protections as other essential education workers.