May 2, 2019
Urge Legislators to Support Families’ Top Needs: Good Union Jobs and Access to Quality Child Care
Child care providers, including dozens of members of UDW-CCPU members, were joined by mothers, grandmothers, community partners and AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride as they rallied in Sacramento and spoke directly with legislators on May 1st – May Day – for the right to negotiate with the state and to use their voice to make changes to California’s early childhood education system.
May Day is celebrated all over the world as International Workers Day, uplifting the contributions of workers and is an opportunity to highlight inequities working families face as wealth and income inequality is at an all-time high.
“One million families who are eligible for state child care subsidies cannot access them. It is ridiculous,” said UDW-CCPU member Charlotte Neal, who has been a child care provider in Sacramento for over 17 years and who spoke at Wednesday’s rally.
“There’s no good reason why nearly 60% of the state’s child care workers should have to rely on government assistance programs to get by. There’s no good reason people should be driven out of this important profession by poverty wages – not having enough to pay rent, medical care, or food. We deserve better. Our children deserve better.”
Child care providers are rallying to change the inequality facing children and families by pushing for passage of six key bills before the California legislature:
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