Local 1199

RI News
9:11 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Union Representing Child Care Workers Request State Negotiations

The union representing state child care workers is requesting negotiations with the state.
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The union representing newly organized child care workers has formally requested negotiations with the state. The workers are being represented the Service Employees International Union, Local 1199.

Local 1199’s executive vice present, Patrick Quinn, recently sent a letter to state administration director Richard Licht, request a meeting to begin the process of bargaining.

More than 500 home-based child care workers are now represented by Local 1199. That came after workers voted overwhelmingly last month to join the union.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Strong Support in Unionizing Child Care Workers

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

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.”

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

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