Strong Support in Unionizing Child Care Workers

Aug 20, 2013

Organizers said the vast majority of workers in a state-subsidized child care program have indicated their support for joining a union.

Chas Walker of Service Employees Union, Local 1199, said more than 500 of about 600 workers have signed cards to become union members. “We’ve filed those cards with the state Labor Board and it’s the process in the law,” said Walker, “and we’re looking forward to having an election as soon as possible.”

Last session, the General Assembly passed legislation signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee allowing some child care workers to unionize.

The General Assembly passed a law this year allowing the child care workers to unionize.

Critics express concern that allowing the child care workers to unionize will drive up costs for taxpayers.

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