In July of 2007, Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed an Executive Order unionizing all licensed family child care providers. Providers were not given the right to a secret ballot election, instead, cards collected by union organizers in a door to door campaign were used to show support and counted as yes votes. Providers have reported that they were not aware of the union organizing drive until they read about it in the paper.
Nearly a year after negotiating a contract with the state on behalf of the 6,600 child care providers AFSCME admitted that only about 100 of the providers had actually joined the union and were full members. This didn't slow support for AFSCME/CCPT from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. In 2010, while existing child care programs were facing cuts, they awarded AFSCME/CCPT $1.5 million in stimulus dollars.
The first contract has now expired and the Executive Order granting bargaining rights is now defunct so the union is not able to negotiate a new contract at this time.
Dues: $25 per month
Fair Share: No - Right to Work State
Health Insurance: NO
Contract: Yes. Expired