On May 22, 2015, by Executive Order Governor Kasich announced that he has rescinded the collective bargaining rights of in-home child care providers and members of AFSCME/Council 8.

Early childhood development is a pressing need in Ohio. Ohio’s licensed Child Care Providers are early childhood educators, not babysitters. They provide a vital service and offer an education curriculum that leads to academic success. We must now urge the Ohio General Assembly to correct this extreme measure by supporting an amendment in the biennial budget bill to restore these collective bargaining rights.

Please click here to find you Senator and call to urge them to support the budget amendment to restore collective bargaining for Ohio’s in-home child care providers who use collective bargaining to set high standards for our children’s early education.

In fact, collective bargaining has ensured quality in-home care for Ohio’s children. Through collective bargaining, providers have been a powerful partner in allowing the state to hear real-life feedback to ensure the state has mutually agreed upon standards for our children.

While most day care centers are open for parents working a traditional 8-5 job, providers under the collective bargaining agreement offer vital 24/7 care and provide access to a growing number of parents who work odd hours.

Please click here to find you Senator and call to urge them to support the budget amendment to restore collective bargaining for Ohio’s in-home child care providers who use collective bargaining to set high standards for our children’s early education.

In-home child care is not exclusively for low-income workers. Families at all income levels choose in-home child care as a qualitatively better environment and best fit for their younger children. In-home child care providers are able to provide a choice on whether parents want their children to attend a traditional child care facility or be educated in a more natural home setting.

Stripping away collective bargaining rights will only encourage these needed providers and educators to leave the profession and discourage many talented individuals from entering this highly-important career and narrow choices for parents

Again, please click here to find you Senator and call to urge them to support the budget amendment to restore collective bargaining for Ohio’s in-home child care providers who use collective bargaining to set high standards for our children’s early education.