Family child care workers who provide services as part of the Connecticuts Care 4 Kids program voted 1603 to 88 to be represented by the union. The ballots were sent by mail to 6,200 eligible child care providers, although O'Connor said many of the addresses were incorrect, causing the ballots to be sent back. The American Arbitration Association counted the ballots.
The unionization effort began in 2005 and was helped along by a controversial executive order issued in September by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The order outlined the process for family child care providers to elect a union to represent them in non-binding discussions that could include compensation, training, the quality and availability of family child care, and improving recruitment and retention of child care providers.
The order also established working group to make recommendations on the best way to structure collective bargaining "rights and relationships" for the union representing the family child care providers.
As of August 2013, the union had still been unsuccessful in negotiating a contract. Their website on August 21, 2013 had not been updated since February 21, 2012. That's 1.5 years without an update.
Providers on the ground report that the union is urging them to contact their legislators and urge them to increase rates and funding. We're sure this comes as a surprise to the 1,603 who voted for this union thinking they would take care of this.
Dues: To Be Determined
Fair Share: Yes
Health Insurance: NO
Contract: Still in Negotiations