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Union vote highlights coronavirus crisis for California’s home day-care providers

Jul 14, 2020

After close to two decades of organizing and legislative struggle, tens of thousands of early childhood educators and home day-care proprietors will vote this month on whether to unionize, a move many hope will reinvigorate California’s ailing child-care system in a moment of unprecedented crisis for millions of working families.

‚ÄúPeople need to understand, we‚Äôre not any regular union,‚ÄĚ said Zoila Carolina Toma, a longtime organizer with Child Care Providers United, which could soon represent home-based child-care workers in negotiations with the state. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not just fighting for us as workers; we‚Äôre also fighting for our children‚Äôs future.‚ÄĚ