Day 2 Strike by Child Care workers in Santa Clara County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 8, 2016

Contact: Khanh Weinberg, (408) 921-0098, Khanh.weinberg@seiu521.org

Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County (4Cs) Strike for Second Day

Mismanagement and lack of transparency at taxpayer-funded agency fails community

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Early learning educators at Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara, Inc. will be holding a second day of strike on Friday to protest mismanagement and unfair labor practices by the employer.

San Jose City Council Member Ash Kalra as well as aides from Assemblymember Jim Beall’s office had joined workers on the picket line on Thursday in front of 4Cs’ office in San Jose. As Santa Clara County’s sole government-subsidized child care resource and referral agency, 4Cs provides a critical service to working families on low income. Yet mismanagement and lack of public accountability have resulted in under-enrollment at 4Cs child care centers even though the county has 66,000 children on a wait-list for subsidized child care.

Despite ten months of negotiations, workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 521 have not been able to secure a fair first union contract due to stalling, anti-worker tactics.

4Cs workers started an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 a.m. and will continue on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 a.m. An SEIU notice of the strike has been sent to parents, many of whom rely on 4Cs child care services in order to work. Parents will be connected to alternative child care resources.

WHAT: 4Cs Workers Strike

WHEN: Friday, July 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Parking Lot at 4Cs Main Office, 150 River Oaks Parkway F-1, San Jose, CA 95134

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Service Employees International Union, Local 521 represents 40,000 public- and nonprofit, private-sector workers in the California’s central Bay Area region and in the Central Valley. Under a Community First vision, we are committed to making sure the needs of our community, and the vital services we provide our community, come first. We believe our communities thrive when residents, leaders and workers recognize that we are all in this together when it comes to our safety, health, and well-being.

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