Childcare Providers Concerned About Union; Meet on Saturday

by Christopher O'Brien

A recent decision by Governor Malloy to unionize childcare workers is gathering heat among local workers. A number of such childcare workers have expressed concern that they were denied a right to vote on whether or not to join a union. The ramifcations of being unionized include union dues forecibly being taken out of those employees’ paychecks.

An informal meeting will be hosted by State Rep. Robert Sampson and Joe Markley at the Lily Lake in at 10 am on Saturday here in Wolcott. “These are self-employed individuals, and have the right to make decisions based on their own beliefs and preferences,” said Senator Markley.

“Without legislative oversight, there’s no trusted system of accountability,” Rep. Sampson added. “It’s clear that these orders will have a very real impact in the lives of many people, and that makes the effort to keep this in the public eye critically important.”

Below is an open letter from both legislators about a similar public hearing coming up next week on the issue.

Dear Neighbor,

You have an opportunity to voice your opinion on a very important matter.

On Tuesday there will be a public hearing on two bills that would create a collective bargaining process for day care providers and personal care assistants. I believe these bills are an attempt to codify and endorse an unconstitutional and unconscionable power grab by the governor.

Last year, the legislature refused to pass bills to unionize these groups, but the Governor went around the people and their elected representatives and issued two executive orders that made unionization inevitable. These executive orders are the basis for the proposed bills that are now before the Labor Committee.

Forcing people to join and pay dues to a union – when they are not employed by the state is WRONG. Many clients of day care providers and personal care assistants worry unionization could strip their ability to work with the person they’re most comfortable with and limit their critical health care decisions.
I urge you to speak out on these issues. I wil definitely be testifying on these bills on March 13th.

PUBLIC HEARING
Labor and Public Employees Committee
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
2:30 PM in Room 1B of the Legislative Office Building
300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

For more information on these bills please click on the links below.

• S.B. No. 352 (RAISED) AN ACT CREATING A PROCESS FOR FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDERS TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN WITH THE STATE.
Establishes collective bargaining for family child care providers;

• H.B. No. 5433 (RAISED) AN ACT CREATING A PROCEDURE FOR PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANTS TO COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN WITH THE STATE.
Establishes collective bargaining for Personal Care Attendants (PCA); contracts funded only if the Legislature agrees; provides for the payment of union dues for all PCAs that provide state funded services.

Please submit 30 copies of written testimony to Committee staff at the time of sign up. Speakers will be limited to three minutes. If you can not attend but would like to email testimony please do so by noon on Monday. The email address to use is dan.doyle@cga.ct.gov

Also, I invite you to click and watch the following news clips explaining what this fight is all about.

http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/politics/home-care-union-opposed
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Child-Care-Providers-Protest-Move-to-Unionize-141099423.html

Please share this information with family and friends who may be affected by these far reaching proposals.

Your voice matters!

Rob Sampson

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