July 05, 2007
IT’S THE LAW – Oregon Gov. Kulongoski signs SB 788 granting collective bargaining rights to child care workers.
Two years ago, Oregon child care providers won an executive order granting them collective bargaining rights.
Last week, they got what they really wanted: Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s signature on Senate Bill 788, which makes their rights state law.
The bill was passed by the Senate, 19-8, and the House, 52-7.
“This is wonderful,” says Marian McDonald, president of Local 132 AFSCME/Child Care Providers Together. “It’s unbelievable how far we’ve come so quickly. We never dreamed we’d be covered under Oregon law. But with this bill, we will no longer fear that a future governor would undo all the gains we have made. We’re thrilled to see this measure passed and finally signed. ”
Local 132 represents over 4,400 registered and certified family child care providers statewide. “With SB 788 becoming law, Oregon is on the cutting edge,” says Council 75 Executive Director Ken Allen. “As the third state to pass such a statute, AFSCME continues to be a national leader in representing child care providers.”
Two other states – Illinois and Washington – already have similar bargaining laws.