May 18, 2007
As the saying goes, respect is earned, never given. New York’s child care providers know it better than anyone given their long fight to gain recognition for the critical work they perform. Earning an average $19,000 a year and having little or no benefits, providers just took a momentous step forward as Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) signed an executive order granting them the freedom join a union and bargain for a better future (for more on their win, read this article from The New York Times.) Not ones to rest on their laurels, their union, the Voice of Organized Independent Childcare Educators (CSEA/VOICE), has already filed with a solid majority of signed providers for recognition from the New York State Employment Relations Board. Providers in New York have added their voice to that of the more than 220,000 family child care providers, day care center workers, Head Start teachers and early childhood employees who have joined AFSCME across the country to secure greater investment in our children.