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Ohio - Milestone for Ohio Child Care Providers

Historic - Signature Gov. Ted Strickland (D) signs the first contract for Child Care Providers Together (CCPT)/Ohio Council 8.

Ted Strickland
Historic - Signature Gov. Ted Strickland (D) signs the first contract for Child Care Providers Together (CCPT)/Ohio Council 8. (Photo credit: Joe Weidner)

Columbus, Ohio

Gov. Ted Strickland (D) this winter 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. Now, with the governor’s signature affixed on the document, the union is moving forward to process grievances, elect officers and seek 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.

With Governor Strickland are (left to right) Ohio Council 8 CCPT 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 who is also an International vice president; Cincinnati child care provider Estella Johnson; Council 8 General Counsel R. Sean Grayson and Staff Rep. Jaladah Aslam.

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