Hundreds of family child care providers from across California visited Sacramento to speak to legislators about AB378, a bill that would allow dedicated early educators the right to unionize and negotiate with the state. Eleven other states already have granted child care providers the right to collectively bargain and make improvements to their child care system.
Providers Call on Legislature to Strengthen Child Care System, Support Legislation that would Close Loophole and Ensure Right to Collective Bargaining
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The impact of Community Child Care Council’s (4Cs) misuse of millions of public funds threatened to disrupt child care for dozens of families, but union providers knew how to fight back.
For the past two months, hundreds of providers at SEIU Local 99 have participated in a series of workshops hosted by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) called the Inclusion Collaborative. The Inclusion Collaborative is a three-part series discussing challenging behaviors, inclusion & disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
On October 9, California family child care providers from SEIU Local 99 and SEIU Local 521 testified at Long Beach City College to share the importance of unions for all at the final stop of California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education’s tour. The goal of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education is to identify ways to create a more sustainable early learning system, find ways to improve the state’s early learning system and realize those improvements through policy and budget decisions.
From October 2015 to April 2016, I provided care for two children through the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). For over 7 months, I provided care while dealing with continuous payment issues. My payments were late or sometimes I didn’t get paid at all for weeks at a time. I would follow up with the children’s case worker and the payment department but nothing was resolved. Only through our union did I finally find a resolution!
For nearly two months leading up to election day, SEIU Local 99 members reached out to thousands of voters on the phone and during neighborhood door-to-door walks. We played a key role in electing Gavin Newsom for California Governor, a leader who has clearly expressed his commitment to strengthening education, including child care and child care providers' right to collective bargaining.
Our rallies brought together providers, parents, and community to demand California give every child the early education they need and providers the respect they deserve. We rallied in Los Angeles, Fresno, Watsonville, and San Jose! Our actions were a part of SEIU’s National Day of Action bringing together workers from many different industries calling for living wages, a stronger voice in our work, and a union.
On September 8, my assistant and I had the honor of being part of a wonderful experience in San Jose. The energy was felt the minute we stepped into SEIU Local 521’s conference room. Dozens of Family Child Care Providers from across California gathered in San Jose to talk strategy and organizing at our quarterly Statewide Action Committee meeting. Providers came together to discuss our plan to win the right to collectively bargain with the state so we may create a path for quality family child care for all in California.