Yesterday, Governor Malloy signed Executive Order No. 9, which gives family child care providers who receive subsidies through the Care 4 Kids program the right to elect a “majority representative” and have non-binding discussions with the Department of Social Services (DSS) on issues such as the quality and accessibility of child care, providers’ compensation, and professional development opportunities.
The Order establishes a working group consisting of representatives from the Governor’s office, experts in labor relations, and family child care providers. By February, the working group will issue a report on the best way to establish formal collective bargaining rights for family child care providers.
The Order cites the approximately 4,000 family child care providers who care for thousands of Connecticut’s children every day – and who have previously lacked organizing and collective bargaining rights. It asserts that the quality of life for Connecticut’s residents, particularly its low-income residents, is improved through access to high-quality child care.
Governor Malloy stated, “I believe in the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain, and family child care providers are often-times the hardest working and lowest-paid workers in our job force…It is important that those who care for both our youngest and oldest citizens receive equitable pay and workforce security.”
We couldn’t agree more!
For more information, read Governor Malloy’s press release.