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California child care providers make need for collective bargaining clear to Blue Ribbon Commission

California family child care providers were joined by SEIU Local 99 President Coronado Guerrero and early learning experts last week when they testified about the importance of collective bargaining at the state Assembly’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education tour of Cerritos College’s Child Development Center.

During a discussion about the importance of early learning, experts told the commission that if the conditions of people working in the early learning and care community are not improved, then the children and system will ultimately suffer. Family child care providers and Local 99 members echoed this sentiment saying that one of the best ways to improve conditions is through collective bargaining.

“We really need a voice in our industry. We need a voice in how licensing works. We need a voice in our rates. We need a voice in how we work with agencies. The best way to make that voice loud and clear? Collective bargaining,” said family child care provider Betty Miller.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education’s goal is to identify ways to create a more sustainable early learning system, find ways to improve the state’s early learning system, and realize those improvements through policy and budget decisions. The commission includes Local 99 member Tonia McMillian and Assembly members Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park).

● Hear more of Betty Miller’s testimony here.

● Also, hear more testimony from child care providers and Local 99 President Coronado Guerrero.

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