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We are hard at work to make sure that the issues that matter to caregivers and our families are covered in the media. This page will be updated frequently to include links, videos, and news articles that highlight caregivers and our clients and cover the issues that impact homecare in California.

Childcare Workers Aren’t Paid Much At All, So They’re Mobilizing To Unionize

Childcare Workers Aren't Paid Much At All, So They're Mobilizing To Unionize

Remember this the next time you drop off your most precious assets — your kids — with a childcare worker: many of them often take home less than minimum wage for the hours they work. It should come as no surprise then, that they want to unionize. In fact, they’ve been trying to for more than a decade. Today, some of those childcare workers towed a red wagon filled with an estimated 10,000 signed cards in support of a union election through the streets of Sacramento. Continue Reading at LAist >>>

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California’s newest union? Childcare workers turn in petitions

California’s newest union? Childcare workers turn in petitions

Child care workers delivered 10,000 union cards to the state Public Employment Relations Board to qualify for an election after a rally Wednesday at the Capitol. “We’re here delivering 10,000 votes from child care providers across the state in support of the election of our union,” said family care provider Rasiene Reece. Assemblywoman Monique Limón, D-Goleta, paved the way for some 40,000 childcare workers to unionize and collectively bargain with the state last year through her Assembly Bill 378. Continue to SacBee.com >>>

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In-home care union says workers need more than minimum wage to survive

In-home care union says workers need more than minimum wage to survive

A union of workers who care for Kern County’s elderly and disabled say they need a pay increase to survive in the state’s costly environment. Yet the Kern County chapter of the United Domestic Workers union has been locked in a negotiating impasse with the Board of Supervisors since October 2019, unable to come to a deal over how large a pay increase the workers should see. Currently, union members receive the minimum wage of $13 per hour for providing light nursing care and housekeeping for individuals who would otherwise not be able to live in their homes. Their salaries […]

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California Child Care Workers Will Hold The Biggest Union Election In Years

California Child Care Workers Will Hold The Biggest Union Election In Years

Supporters hope a successful campaign to represent tens of thousands of workers will improve the system for everyone involved. Child care workers in California plan to file for a massive union election Wednesday that will cover an estimated 40,000 people, potentially reshaping jobs within the state’s government-funded child care system for low-income families. The election marks the culmination of a grueling 16-year campaign by unions to organize family child care providers who are reimbursed by the state. Although such workers are not government employees, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a law in September granting them the right to bargain with […]

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Opinion: California’s Marginalized Child Care Workers Finally Get a Seat at the Table

No one would think of running a NASA space launch without listening to the astronauts and technicians who know how to make a flight plan. But when it comes to the child care system that literally shapes the future for the next generation, California has spent decades shutting out the voices of child care providers. That is finally about to change after 16 years of organizing by dedicated child care providers like my mom, and now me. We’ve created our union, met with elected officials, and have earned our seat at the table with the State of California thanks to […]

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