AFSCME Continues to Advocate for Quality Child Care that Working Parents Can Afford

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2016                        

CONTACT: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544

(St. Paul, MN) – Ballots were counted this morning in a union election for Minnesota’s in-home child care providers.  The Bureau of Mediation Services announced that a majority of the providers who cast ballots voted against their right to collectively bargain with the state.

“We’re proud that we were able to expand collective bargaining rights to family care providers who care for Minnesota’s poorest children,” said Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5.  “But we’re disappointed that the providers won’t have the opportunity to negotiate higher state subsidy rates and better training to prepare kids for kindergarten and success in life.  

“AFSCME honors the mighty women who care for Minnesota’s poorest children.  We value their hard work and will continue to advocate for quality child care that working parents can afford.  But we will not pursue another union election before the law expires in 2017. 

“After a decade-long battle, it’s clear who helps and who harms working families and our children.  We thank Democratic leaders who affirmed the child care providers’ right to vote for a union.  We expose Republican legislators who cut the providers’ pay and training while ignoring 7,000 families waiting for child care assistance.  And we condemn anti-union extremists whose lawsuits continue to undermine the women who care for our kids.”

AFSCME Council 5 is a union of 43,000 workers who advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all working families.

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