As a union, our strength comes from hundreds of providers coming together to advocate for our profession, our communities, and the children we care for. Hosting a house meeting, visiting legislators, or helping other members have access to the required CPR training are all important components of our member-led organization. Check out the many ways you can stand union strong and help grow our movement.
As a union, our strength comes from hundreds of providers coming together to advocate for our profession, our communities, and the children we care for. Hosting a house meeting, visiting legislators, or helping other members have access to the required CPR training are all important components of our member-led organization. Check out the many ways you can stand union strong and help us grow our movement.
Host a House Meeting
Provider-organized, provider-hosted house meetings are the cornerstone of our movement. These meetings bring together child care providers to share ideas, learn from each other, deepen our understanding of issues affecting us and make plans to solve them, all while making new friends. If you’re new to SEIU Local 99 and want to do more, hosting a house meeting is a great starting point.
Host a First Aid/CPR Class
Our profession requires us to have pediatric First Aid and CPR certification. As a SEIU Local 99 member, these trainings are free. You can help make learning these life-saving skills more accessible to other child care providers in your area by volunteering to host a First Aid or CPR training in your home. SEIU Local 99 staff will assist you in organizing a class.
Our strength to enact changes to the child care industry, to achieve economic equity, and better the lives of the parents and children we serve, comes from our unity. Help grow and strengthen our union by reaching out to family child care providers like you, talking to them about their issues, and bringing them together with other providers.
Knowledge is power. As child care providers, we abide by the same licensing rules and regulations, deal with the same kinds of problems with agencies, and see the same kinds of behaviors from the kids in our care. For those of us with more years of experience, we can serve as a resource and helping hand for other providers who need it. Become a member leader and let’s make things better.
Our past legislative bills to attain collective bargaining rights, our current bill, and our past victories—such as winning rate increases—wouldn’t have gone anywhere if we didn’t push them forward, together. The governor and state legislators can’t make informed decisions if they only see us as numbers on paper. We must advocate for ourselves by educating them and moving them to support our fight for pay equity and a say in our working conditions.
As a union of child care providers, we can have an influential voice in policy-making at the local, state, and national level. How? Through a collective effort to reach out to voters and gain their support for ballot measures that help us get ahead or for political candidates who understand the importance of early childhood education. Every voter we convince is a vote closer to real gains for us. Now imagine thousands of us out there talking to voters.