In 2008 Governor Doyle issued an Executive Order unionizing over 7,000 licensed family child care providers. Union organizers went door to door collecting signatures on cards. These cards were used to show a majority of support for unionization and the providers were not given the right to vote in a secret ballot election. Any provider who signed a card was considered to be in support of a union and his/her card was counted as a yes vote.
In 2008 the union approved a contract that has now expired. Child care providers were part of the group that lost bargaining rights under Governor Walker and are now unable to negotiate a new contract with the state.
While the Governors recommendations were being debated, union organizers, employees and supporters were protesting at the Capitol. This video is an interview of the President of the child care union. In it she makes her case for why the union shouldn't be repealed saying the union doesn't cost the state any money because our wages are not paid by the state, we don't have access to the state pension or health insurance. This is excellent testimony to how ineffective the unions for child care providers have been.
Dues: $25 per month
Fair Share Fees: No, prohibited by state statute
Health Insurance: NO
Contract: Yes, INACTIVE, Union Repealed