The child care crisis is not imaginary; it has real consequences for real children. That’s why, on October 4, hundreds of SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers took part in a National Day of Action calling for #ChildCareForAll and #UnionsForAll. More than 600 people rallied in support throughout SEIU 521.
In Watsonville, San Jose, and Fresno, Family Child Care Providers joined other non-union workers, as well as fellow members of SEIU 521, to proclaim that we won’t give up until we win quality, affordable child care and union rights for all workers.
The Raising California Together coalition brought child care to the capitol…literally! The coalition erected a mock child care outside of the State Capitol to showcase the important work family child care providers do. Family child care providers Pam Sharp and Nancy Gray brought their classrooms to the capitol and shared early learning strategies that demonstrate how important quality child care is for working women and their children.
In addition to the pop-up child care center, providers participated in a series of lobby visits at the Capitol to call for Governor Brown’s signature on SB 548 (De León). Parents, providers and advocates know that SB548 represents an important opportunity for hard-working women in California and must be a top legislative priority.
SB 548 would allow child care providers to collectively bargain for improvements to a child care system in crisis. Early educators who provide care through the state’s patchwork child care system are paid an average of $4.98 an hour, destabilizing a workforce that has lost 30% of the state’s providers since 2007.
Today, one million children lack access to the early learning that builds their brains and prepares them for success in K-12 learning and beyond.
The most powerful way to connect with workers is through our stories and experiences as members of SEIU Local 521. Only members can talk about the real union difference and how it impacts our wages, benefits and quality of life.
*Member organizers will receive training and have fun making a serious difference in the lives of working families.
*Workshops will focus on real-life organizing opportunities and challenges.
*Get hands-on experience on current SEIU Local 521 organizing campaigns and help make a difference in the lives of unorganized workers.
“SEIU Local 521 is committed to empowering unorganized workers and giving them a strong voice to make real improvements to their profession and quality of life. But it’s up to us, the members, to show workers the true power of the union difference. We are living, breathing examples of what we can accomplish together.” -Jennifer Jensen, Chair, Member Action Program.
Interested in joining the Member Action Program? You can print and fill out the sign-up form here.
Phone: Jennifer Jensen, Member Action Program Chair, (559) 704-8384; Jenny Garibay, Organizer, (661) 492-1576