CA child care workers gain union rights to bargain for pay

Oct 3, 2019 by

California child care workers who care with will soon be able to join a labor union and collectively bargain for higher wages and health benefits under a new law Governor Gavin Newsom signed.

Tens of thousands of California child care providers gained new rights to bargain for better wages and health benefits under a new law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Monday, the labor unions sponsoring the bill announced.

The new law will apply to more than 40,000 workers who care for families that receive child care cost assistance from the state. It will allow them to negotiate with the California Human Resources department over wages and health care benefits.

The legislation, authored by Assemblywoman Monique Limon, D-Goleta, also gives unions rights to attend orientation meetings for child care workers and promote their union. It also requires the state to give unions contact information for child care providers.

Charlotte Neal, who runs a 24-hour child care business out of her home in Sacramento, worked with the unions to advocate for the bill and is one of the providers the new law will affect. She said her pay varies month to month and that it’s difficult to make a living wage.

Source: CA child care workers gain union rights to bargain for pay | The Sacramento Bee

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