ERIC Number: ED343661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Taking Matters into Our Own Hands: A Guide to Unionizing in the Child Care Field.
Morin, Jim; And Others
This booklet explains why and how child care workers should unionize. Chapter 1 outlines the individual and professional advantages of unionization and traces the history of unions and the American labor movement. Chapter 2 presents 12 steps in organizing a work site. It is proposed that child care workers: (1) explore and promote interest in unionization; (2) assess the organizing potential in the work site and community; (3) choose a union; (4) develop and implement an organizing plan; (5) sign union cards to confirm union membership; (6) ask the employer for voluntary recognition; (7) apply to the labor board for a union election; (8) campaign for the election; (9) announce and celebrate an election victory; (10) draft negotiating proposals; (11) negotiate the contract; and (12) ensure that the contract is honored. Chapter 3 explains steps in contract negotiations, which include reaching agreement on the contents of the proposals; developing an economic strategy related to staff-child ratios, substitutes, reimbursement for training, and other issues; drafting the proposals; presenting proposals and receiving counter-proposals; and ending negotiations. Chapter 4 reviews provisions typically found in contracts, union-management relations, working conditions, wages and benefits, employer expectations, and procedures for discipline and discharge. A glossary of terms, information on the National Labor Relations Act, myths about unions, and profiles of five unions are appended. (AC)
Descriptors: Arbitration, Child Care Occupations, Child Caregivers, Contracts, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Labor Demands, Negotiation Agreements, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Associations, Unions
Child Care Employee Project, 6536 Telegraph Avenue, Suite A-201, Oakland, CA 94609-1114 ($8.50, plus $1.28 shipping).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Employee Project, Oakland, CA.
Identifiers: Organizing Strategies; Union Recognition
Note: Expanded and updated edition of "Unionizing: A Guide for Child Care Workers" published in 1986.