Governor Vilsack signed an Executive Order granting bargaining rights to child care providers in January of 2007.
A bitter battle erupted between SEIU and AFSCME, both of whom were trying to score the right to represent family child care providers. AFSCME, won the first battle when Governor Vilsack separated the child care providers into two groups, one group of licensed and one group of unlicensed. This is what AFSCME had been lobbying him to do as they had focused their organizing on licensed providers and had collected the majority of cards they needed to win the group of licensed providers.
SEIU had focused their efforts on both licensed and unlicensed providers participating in the subsidy program. Although they were initially angry with the decision, they were soon recognized as the representative of unlicensed providers in the state.
Iowa is a right to work state and does not allow fair share fees. This does not stop the union from claiming to represent all providers, member or not.
AFSCME was able to reach a contract with the state but the original Executive Order was repealed on August 20, 2012 by Governor Branstad freeing child care providers from unionization. Below you can view the 2007 Executive order creating the child care union.
Executive Order Unionizing Providers
2012 Repeal of Iowa's Child Care Union
Dues: $35 per month
Fair Share: No - Right to Work State
Health Insurance: NO
Contract: Expired. Union Repealed