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May 13

Here's what Providers say as Act heads to floor vote


For Immediate Release: May 10, 2013
Contact: Donald McFarland: 651-308-8098

Child Care Collective Bargaining Act Headed for Floor Votes

Child care providers throughout Minnesota could not be more excited, and here is what they have to say:

“For years, the subsidy has remained stagnant or has even been cut, which has put a large financial strain on providers. We are essentially being asked to do our jobs with less and less resources. Not only does this affect our own pay, but it hurts the children who rely on us for healthy meals, quality learning exercises and safe places to play. Other states, such as Oregon, have successfully raised the CCAP rate through collective bargaining. Giving us a voice and a legal spot at the bargaining table will improve our profession.”

Mary Albert, Child Care Provider
St. Paul

Apr 26

“United for Jobs” to be Exposed


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Friday, April 26, 2013
CONTACT:
Leslie Sandberg (651) 746-9767
Donald McFarland (651) 308-8098

AFSCME and MAPE Denounce Deceptive Corporate Front Group Ad Campaign

(St. Paul, Minn.) -- The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) and AFSCME Council 5 today denounced the “United for Jobs” initiative as a misleading and deceptive paid advertising campaign. While the TV and radio ads are designed to make the audience believe that “United for Jobs” wants to safeguard Minnesota families and small businesses, in reality, “United for Jobs” is funded by corporate advocacy groups that want to protect the pocket books of their multi-millionaire members.

Mar 22

Child Care Collective Bargaining Act Clears House Health and Human Services Finance Committee


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

St. Paul, MN – Legislation authorizing home-based child care providers to choose whether or not to have a union and bargain collectively with the state cleared the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee Thursday, leaving just one committee in each the House and Senate before final floor votes. This legislation would improve care for children and make it more affordable for working parents.

Mar 15

Child Care Collective Bargaining Act Clears House Labor Committee


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

St. Paul, MN – Legislation authorizing home-based child care providers to bargain collectively with the State of Minnesota cleared the House Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries Committee today. This legislation would improve care for children and make it more affordable for working parents.

Mar 12

Child Care Collective Bargaining Act Clears Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

St. Paul, MN – Legislation authorizing home-based child care providers to bargain collectively with the State of Minnesota has cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee. This legislation would improve care for children and make it more affordable for working parents.

Mar 12

Child Care Collective Bargaining Act Clears Senate State and Local Government Committee


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

St. Paul, MN – Legislation authorizing home-based child care providers to bargain collectively with the State of Minnesota was passed today in the Senate State and Local Government Committee. This legislation would improve care for children and make it more affordable for working parents. The bill includes both licensed and legally unlicensed providers who receive subsidies from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) because all children need to be prepared for school and success in life.

Feb 28

AFSCME CALLS ON LEGISLATURE TO SUPPORT GOV. DAYTON’S BUDGET


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2013
CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

With today’s forecast projecting that Minnesota will be facing another deficit coupled with uncertainty about the federal sequester, AFSCME Council 5 calls on the state Legislature to support Gov. Dayton’s “Budget for a Better Minnesota.”

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