New Jersey Background
In August of 2006, Governor Corzine signed an executive order recognizing AFSCME and the CWA as the exclusive representatives of family child care providers. These providers were denied the right to a secret ballot election. Union organizers collected signatures on cards during a door to door campaign and these cards were counted as yes votes.
AFSCME represents roughly 2,000 care providers in 11 counties and the Communication Workers of America Local 1037 represent providers in the remaining 10 counties.
Shortly after the union negotiated it's first tenative contract, some providers got the following notice regarding subsidy payments:
Agency funds were not sufficient to accommodate the total number of children under agreement. CCR&Rs are contractually obligated not to spend beyond their contract ceilings. As a result, all agreements were adjusted to ensure that funds were not overspent. No violation of regulations occurred. All parents signed the agreement certification page indicating they “understand that the subsidy and any future subsidies funded by the program for which I am eligible, are contingent upon availability of federal and state funds”.
The contract was signed on October 1st, 2007. That contract has now expired and the Executive Order unionizing providers is now defunct. No new contract can be negotiated at this time.
Below is a link to the original Executive Order #23.
Fair Share: Unknown
Health Insurance: NO
Contract: No, union is not recognized by current administration.