Family Child Care Providers Are Ready to Vote to Form Our Union!

On Friday October 11, the Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board announced the dates for the upcoming union election for family child care providers who care for children in the state’s child care assistance program.

Lori ParrisLori Parris, a family child care provider for 20 years in Pawtucket, said:

We are so excited to finally have a chance to vote and officially form our union. Child care providers know that by uniting together, we’ll be able to improve early learning in Rhode Island and increase the availability of stable, high-quality child care for working parents. We have worked for many years to reach this moment, and we can’t wait to vote yes!

Click HERE for a fact sheet and other information related to the state law establishing the process through which RI family child care providers can form a union. Nine other states – including Massachusetts and Connecticut – have adopted similar measures.

Background:

  • There is wide consensus that high-quality early education yields enormous returns – both in terms of supporting parents’ ability to work and participate in the economy, as well as in terms of children’s future success in school and in life.
  • Approximately 7,000 children have lost access to child care assistance and 700 family child care providers have gone out of business in Rhode Island since 2005, diminishing the availability of affordable, flexible child care options as our state’s economy begins to recover.
  • The vast majority of Rhode Island’s family child care providers have signed cards indicating they wish to form a union with SEIU 1199NE; these cards were filed with the State Labor Relations board on August 6, 2013 and the election is proceeding according to the terms of the law and the board’s rules and regulations.

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