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Milestone for Ohio Child Care Providers

January 22, 2010

Gov. Ted Strickland and members of Child Care Providers Together (CCPT)/Ohio Council 8.
Gov. Ted Strickland with Ohio Council 8 Child Care Providers Together negotiating committee members. (Photo credit: Joe Weidner)

Gov. Ted Strickland (D) this month signed the first contract covering more than 8,000 in-home child care providers represented by Child Care Providers Together (CCPT)/Ohio Council 8. The agreement, which includes a “Bill of Rights,” a grievance procedure and recognition of their new union, was ratified last September.

With the governor’s signature now official, the union can move forward processing grievances, electing officers and seeking improvements in reimbursement rates, pay practices, training and operating rules with state and county officials. In 2008, the providers voted overwhelmingly to make CCPT their union. Their victory was preceded by an Executive Order, signed by Strickland, which laid the framework for their union. Read more about their achievement here.

With Governor Strickland (left to right) are Ohio Council 8 Child Care Providers Together negotiating committee members Tom Ritchie Sr., Council 8 director of field services; Toledo child care provider Patsy Haines; Staff Rep. Stephen Roberts; Cincinnati child care provider Ella Hopkins; Ohio Council 8 Pres. John A. Lyall; Cincinnati child care provider Estella Johnson; Council 8 General Counsel R. Sean Grayson and Staff Rep. Jaladah Aslam.

In addition to Ohio, AFSCME represents approximately 150,000 family child care providers in CaliforniaIowa,KansasMichiganMinnesotaNew JerseyNew YorkOregonPennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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