Even stripped of their collective bargaining rights under Ohio law by Gov. John Kasich, AFSCME Local 4025 Child Care Providers Together members continue to meet and support their union.
At their recent monthly membership meeting in Columbus, the union provided training to help providers advance in the state’s “Step Up To Quality” program.
While the union is no longer able to collectively bargain for Ohio’s independent child care providers, “our members still have a voice with representatives on the state’s Childhood Development and the Early Childhood Development committees,” said AFSCME Local 4025 President Asyia Haile.
“Many of us still support the union because even without our bargaining rights, its still the best place to get the latest information and training,” added 24-year child care provider Tammy Garham.
It was nearly a year ago that Gov. John Kasich erased the right of independent in-home child-care workers to collectively bargain with the state. AFSCME Ohio Council 8 had represented independent child care providers for more than seven years.
AFSCME Local 4025 represents child care providers in more than 15 central Ohio counties.
Child care providers Jennifer Bump, left, and Tammy Graham from Mt. Giliad, Ohio, increase their skills as they time each other while experiencing the difficulty a handicapped child has buttoning and unbuttoning a shirt.