PAL offers its hearty congratulations to the United Federation of Teachers and to the UFT Welfare Fund (the latter a member of the PAL coalition). 28,000 New York City home-based child care providers overwhelmingly voted to form a union with the United Federation of Teachers as their collective bargaining agent. The organizing drive was New York’s largest in decades, and was the result of an unprecedented collaboration between a union (UFT) and a community organization ( ACORN ).
As union members, these 28,000 child care workers will now to be able to negotiate for better wages and benefits (including, of course, health care). Child care workers usually receive incredibly low pay for work that is absolutely vital to the health, well-being, development and education of millions of children. High-quality child care from trained providers makes an enormous difference in children’s long-term development and educational success. Having a safe and nurturing place to send their children enables millions of parents to go to work. Yet child care workers often struggle to provide for their own families and often have no health coverage. How our society treats child care workers is a sad commentary on how we have failed to provide this essential profession the respect it deserves.
We welcome these 28,000 child care workers to the PAL coalition, through their benefit fund, UFT Welfare Fund. Their victory is a victory for them, their families, the Labor movement, and children everywhere.
Here is the UFT’s press release: