Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County (4Cs) Workers Ready to Strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2016

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

Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County (4Cs) Workers Ready to Strike
Mismanagement and lack of transparency at taxpayer-funded agency fails community

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Calling attention to an executive management that is unresponsive to workers and unaccountable to taxpayers, early learning educators at Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara, Inc. will be going on a two-day strike starting Thursday.

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 plan to go on an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike starting on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 a.m. An SEIU notice of the pending 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: Thursday, July 7, 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

A second-day strike is planned for Friday, July 8, in the parking lot at 4Cs main office.

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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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