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Ohio Child Care Providers Vote AFSCME ‘YES’

April 15, 2008

April 15, 2008

‘GREAT DAY’ – Ohio child care providers, here with Gov. Ted Strickland, voted in April to join Child Care Providers Together (CCPT)/Ohio Council 8.

Photo Credit: Joe Weidner

 

More than 8,000 in-home Ohio child care providers have overwhelmingly voted for Child Care Providers Together (CCPT)/Ohio Council 8 as their union. Their next task: educate members about bargaining and develop teams to negotiate a first contract.

“This is a great day for Ohio's child care providers,” says Veronica Flowers of Cincinnati, who works 14-hour days caring for six children. “We finally have a voice to improve our working conditions so we can take care of our own families and, at the same time, continue to provide the quality child care working people need. Everyone wins with a union.”

Gov. Ted Strickland (D) issued an Executive Order in February that laid the framework for this victory. Ohio Council 8 Pres. John Lyall, who is also an International vice president, says:

“This victory is good news both for the parents who depend on quality, home-based child care and the professionals who work to provide it. By improving the lives of these providers, we can help assure that they can afford to stay in the profession and get the added training many of them want, but can’t afford.”

Columbus provider Brenda Gentry calls the vote “a historic victory” for people like herself, and the children in the providers’ care. She observes:

“Joining with AFSCME has helped us gain more respect and a stronger voice – and will lead to a contract with improved rates and provisions.”

The success of CCPT/Ohio is part of a national movement among child care providers to gain dignity and strength by joining with AFSCME. In addition to Ohio, AFSCME represents about 150,000 family child care providers in California, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The success of CCPT/Ohio is part of a national movement among child care providers to gain dignity and strength by joining with AFSCME. In addition to Ohio, AFSCME represents about 150,000 family child care providers in California, Iowa, KansasMichigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

To read why providers support Child Care Providers Together/AFSCME, visit the CCPT page. More information about AFSCME and child care is also available on AFSCME.org.

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