Media Advisory for June 14, 10pm: Child Care Providers, School Workers, Parents go on Midnight Ride to Sacramento  to Urge Governor Newsom to Agree to a Fair Contract, Invest in Child Care

Contacts: Blanca Gallegos 213-500-9594; Denae Ayala 424-445-6240

WHAT: Hundreds of Los Angeles family child care providers, school workers, parents, children and early education advocates will board buses to Sacramento for a late night convoy to the state capitol where they will join thousands of providers from throughout California on Thursday to rally for improved wages for providers and quality, affordable child care for all working parents. 

WHY: Child Care Providers United, the union representing child care providers in California, has been in contract negotiations with the state since January. With their contract expiring on June 30, providers are urging the Governor to reach an agreement that includes fair pay based on the true cost of providing quality child care, health care and retirement benefits, increased funding for more child care vouchers for low-income working families and an end to family fees which prohibit many families from accessing quality care.

After months of bargaining, the state has shown no significant movement to address providers’ key contract demands. And while the Legislature’s joint budget proposal, which will be voted on Thursday morning, makes significant investments in child care through rate reform, increased slots, and a cap on family fees, the Newsom Administration failed to provide funding for child care providers in their May Revision budget proposal and has failed to reach an agreement in bargaining with the union.

Under the state’s current payment system, providers are paid less than minimum wage and do not have access to retirement benefits or paid sick days. Without living wages and basic benefits, providers struggle to keep their doors open and fewer early educators are entering the profession, adding to an already dire child care shortage in the state. Since 2012, 25% of California’s child care providers have left the workforce.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

10pm – 11:30pm

WHERE:

Los Angeles Southwest College 

1600 W. Imperial Hwy

Los Angeles, CA 90047

In Parking Lot 3 located off of Western Avenue

 

VISUALS: Hundreds of riders boarding buses, rallying with signs, bullhorns. 

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Child Care Providers United (CCPU) represents nearly 40,000 family child care providers in California. CCPU is a partnership of three unions including SEIU Local 99 representing providers in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, SEIU Local 521 in the Central Valley and Bay Area, and AFSCME-UDW 3930 in Sacramento and San Diego County.

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