Child Care Providers Concerned About Union

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We’ve been talking this week about a bill in the Vermont House that would allow Vermont child care workers to unionize. The union would represent all early education and home child-care workers.

Supporters say it would allow them to have a greater say in the regulations that directly affect their businesses, and could increase compensation in the field. They also say joining the union would not be a requirement for child care providers. And they say only providers who choose to join the union would have to pay dues.

But others have serious concerns about the legislation.

Yesterday, we spoke with Cyndi Miller, who’s advocating for the union.

Today we get a different perspective from Mary Burns, the president and CEO of the Greater Burlington Y. The Y is the largest child care provider in the state, caring for over one-thousand kids every day.  And part of the reason Burns says the Y is against the bill is that it’s a very unusual piece of legislation:

Click listen to hear the interview.

Click here for our interview with union advocate Cyndi Miller.

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