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April 08, 2005

49,000 IL Child Care Workers Join SEIU

After a bruising jurisdictional fight with AFSCME, child care workers in Illinois have voted to join SEIU by a vote of 82%.

This is part of an SEIU effort to organize 500,000 child care workers nationwide. Like home health care workers who SEIU, along with a few other unions, have been able to organize in recent years, child care workers are usually not direct government employees but often depend on government money for much of their income.

This creates complex representation challenges of who is their "real" employer, especially for some who are independent contractors or run their own center. This problem was solved in Illinois when the Governor signed an executive order officially allowing these workers to collectively bargain directly with the state government without becoming public employees.

Posted by Nathan at April 8, 2005 08:55 AM