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Ohio - Child Care Providers Win 1st Contract

VOTING FOR DIGNITY | Waving their “AFSCME Child Care Providers Bill of Rights,” Council 8 Child Care Providers Together members in Toledo cheer after casting ballots approving a first-time contract with the state for 8,000 in-home child care providers.

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VOTING FOR DIGNITY | Waving their “AFSCME Child Care Providers Bill of Rights,” Council 8 Child Care Providers Together members in Toledo cheer after casting ballots approving a first-time contract with the state for 8,000 in-home child care providers.

 

Photo Credit: Joe Weidner

Columbus, Ohio

A “Bill of Rights,” a grievance procedure and recognition of their new union are the highlights of a first contract won in September by more than 8,000 in-home child care providers.

Members of Child Care Providers Together (CCPT)/Ohio Council 8 voted overwhelmingly to ratify the agreement with the state. Key among its provisions is a list of rights, including the right to review and copy their files, to be “treated with respect during visits, inspections and investigations and to receive impartial evaluations.”

The contract, which expires next June, also includes an agreement that state officials will evaluate current methods of reimbursing providers and will work with their union to obtain grant funding to provide them with health care insurance.
“I’m proud of the work the union has done getting to this point and I support this new contract,” says Estella Johnson, a child care provider in the Cincinnati region for 21 years.

“This landmark contract is the result of more than four years of sustained effort by a dedicated group of individuals who provide a vital public service to Ohio’s children and families,” adds Council 8 Pres. John A. Lyall.

The providers voted overwhelmingly in 2008 to make CCPT their union. Their victory was preceded by an Executive Order, signed by Gov. Ted Strickland (D), which laid the framework for a union of child care providers.

The success of CCPT/Ohio is part of a national movement among child care providers to gain dignity and a voice through AFSCME. With their own union, they have the strength to discuss reimbursement rates, consistent pay practices and training and operating rules with state and county officials who administer these programs.

In addition to Ohio, AFSCME represents approximately 150,000 family child care providers in California, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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