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It’s only through a union that workers mistreated by low pay and long hours can close that gap and gain a voice in decisions that affect their lives.

Today, California’s child care providers stand in solidarity with the tens of thousands of women, mothers, grandmothers and children from across racial, economic and professional backgrounds, who are rising up and uniting to demand justice and equality in our workplaces and from our elected leaders.

We know that for child care providers – like many women who are in low-wage professions – justice and equality means the right to form a strong union and collective bargaining. While many of us followed in the footsteps of our fearless mothers and grandmothers who were child care providers and caretakers before us, and showed us what strength and resilience looked like each day, we also know that strength and resilience will never fill the wage gap that disproportionately hits women and people of color. It’s only through a union that workers mistreated by low pay and long hours can close that gap and gain a voice in decisions that affect their lives.

On this day in our nation, we stand up, march forward and lead alongside empowered women like ourselves who are uniting to work together for a better future for all women, families and children. We proudly stand committed to pushing for dignity and respect for every child care and low-wage worker who keep our state and nation running.

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