Unionize Child Care?

Unions and Child Care

In the past few weeks there has been a lot of media coverage on unionizing family child care homes.  The nature of this topic is quite contentious and I wanted to open up the room to different ideas.  Please be respectful of each other’s views and opinions and recognize we are all humans with feelings.

Let’s do a quick breakdown of what has been going on to spur this media coverage.

  • California lawmakers passed a bill to allow child care providers to unionize.  Democrats approve the bill and republicans don’t.  The state is still waiting for the Governor’s signature. 
  • Minnesota child care providers are protesting the unionizing of child care in Minnesota.  The governor is considering signing the bill that will enable unionization.  There have been concerns raised about
  • Connecticut Governor signed a bill today, September 21, which allows union participation for child care providers.  There will be a work force appointed to see how they can “best establish collective bargaining rights”.  

Some of the common negative themes throughout these stories are:

  • a fear that unionizing will force child care costs to rise for parents that are already having a difficult time paying for child care;
  • a disbelief from the child care providers perspective that unions could do any better advocating for them than the associations and supporting organizations that already exist; and
  • nervous about the unions threatening their small independent businesses.

Some of the common positive themes of unions are:

  • a seat at the table with the state lawmakers;
  • collective bargaining powers;
  • access to insurance or pension options; and
  • an additional representative voice for the collective.

Comment!  Share your thoughts?  What do you think about unionizing child care?

Here are some additional resources and items to read about child care and unions.


Bill to Let Child Care Workers Unionize Approved, September 9, 2011, Shane Goldmache, Los Angeles Times Blog
Controversial Daycare Union Drive Reaches Governors Office, September 14, 2011, Watchdog.com
Daycare Providers Rally at the Capitol, September 20, 2011, David Springer, kaaltv.com
Malloy Orders Limited Negotiating Rights Home Care Aides Child Care Workers, September 21, 2011, Arielle Levin Becker, the CT Mirror



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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.