4Cs Workers Show Unity, Courage and Strength

4Cs needs stronger state oversight

Workers at Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County (4Cs) along with members of the community are calling for better state oversight of the taxpayer-funded agency that is failing the community through chronic mismanagement and lack of accountability.

4Cs is a non-profit agency which this year received over $40 million in taxpayer funds to provide child care programs and services to families in the county. The agency, however, continues to fail families and taxpayers by cutting programs, mismanaging funds, and operating without transparency.


    • Watch the video
    • Call the California Department of Education and tell Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson that 4Cs needs strong state oversight! Call 916-319-0800.
    • Donate to the 4Cs Strike Fund: www.gofundme.com/4CsStrikeFund


4Cs hires 4th union-busting lawyer

After 10 months of contract negotiations with only minor issues to resolve, 4Cs Executive Management hires its 4th anti-union legal team to bargain with workers.

As early learning educators and resource providers, 4Cs frontline staff knows the needs of our community.

  • Closing down child care programs? We Can Do Better!
  • Under-staffing services? We Can Do Better!
  • Violating workers’ rights? We Can Do Better!
  • Wasting taxpayer money to pay its FOURTH UNION-BUSTING lawyer? We Can Do Better!

Tell 4Cs Board Directors and Executive Director Alfredo Villaseñor to put Kids First!
Sign and share the petition now: www.seiu521.org/better

4Cs Workers

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As Santa Clara County’s sole government-subsidized child care resource and referral agency, Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara, Inc. (4Cs) provides a critical service to working families on low income.

Yet, 4Cs Executive management has been:

  • Under-staffing critical child care services in our community
  • Violating workers’ rights by using stalling, intimidation, and harassment tactics
  •  Closing down child care programs when we have 66,000 kids on a wait-list

4Cs Day 24Cs child care case workers and early learning educators held a two-day strike on July 7 and July 8 to protest mismanagement and unfair labor practices by their employer.

During the strike, many local and state officials spoke to the workers and showed up for support, including San Jose City Council Member Ash Kalra, San Jose City Council Candidate Sergio Jimenez, as well as aides from Assemblymembers Jim Beall’s, Bob Wieckowski, and Mike Honda’s office. Assemblymember Evan Low tweeted his support.

4Cs and KristySanta Clara County workers and leaders also joined the strike on multiples occasions proving the strength of our union and the solidarity we share for all our members. Union members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) and SEIU United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW) also showed their solidarity.

4Cs workers could count on SEIU 521 CEO Kristy Sermersheim and SEIU Executive Vice President Luisa Blue for additional support.

Our two-day strike is over but the fight continues!

4Cs workers walked back into work together at 8:30 a.m. on Monday to show executive management that they are united and will continue their fight for a fair contract that gives them the respect they deserve and puts kids first.

4Cs workers continue to fight, asking for:

  • Respect of their union workers’ rights
  • Accountability and transparency of how taxpayers funds are being used
  • Prioritization of the child care crisis we have in our community due to mismanagement and under-staffing

What can you do to help? Have you sent your petition to the Board of Directors in support of 4Cs workers?
Sign and share the petition now: www.seiu521.org/better

Media Coverage

The media coverage gave visibility to the child care crisis we face at 4Cs:

ABC7 NewsABC7 News

Telemundo (Spanish)






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