Rhode Island Background
NEW! CLICK HERE for a detailed report on child care unionization released by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity!
On August 6, 2013, only three weeks after Governor Chafee signed the child care union bill into law, SEIU filed a petition with the state Labor Board for a union election among the providers caring for a child on child care assistance.
Click here to read the full bill.
All members of the bargaining unit will be required to pay dues, non members will be required to pay fair share fees which could be as high as full member dues. Here's an example of what providers are paying in other states.
Washington - up to $600 per year
New York - up to $700 per year
Illinois - up to $900 per year
Most of these providers are not receiving benefits like health insurance but are still required to pay dues and fees!
This is not the first time SEIU has attempted to unionize providers in Rhode Island. In 2005, a previous attempt was vetoed by then Governor Carcieri. He called it an“unmitigated legal and financial disaster” for both taxpayers and the state’s child-care system. In his veto message he also said, “This bill is the Trojan horse of the effort by organized labor to swell its ranks in the public sector”.
Read the full veto message below.
June 30, 2014 Providence Journal US Supreme Court labor decision could impact RI child care union
June 30, 2013, Rhode Island Center calls on State to end unconstitituional 2013 law
Mark Mix: Many have no say in RI union dues
October 27, 2013
RI State Labor Relations Board won't delay unionization vote
October 9, 2013
RI Labor Relations Board to consider calls to delay child-care unionization vote
October 7, 2013
Ruling in Minnesota could chill effort to unionize childcare workers in RI
September 20, 2013
Center kicks off 'Child Care Union 101' awareness campaign
Unionization of RI Childcare Providers May Be Unconstitutional
Take It From Someone Who's Been There, Child Care Workers; Don't Unionize
Childcare Worker Unionization Battle Heats Up in Rhode Island
Stage is set for vote by childcare workers in Rhode Island, but foes are preparing legal arguments
SEIU Petitions to Bargain For Rhode Island Child Care Providershttp://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20130820-seiu-petitions-to-bargain-for-r.i.-child-care-providers.ece
Dues: To be determined
Fair Share: Yes
Health Insurance: No
Contract: None yet