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It’s Like A Hundred Birthday Parties

This morning Governor Spitzer signed an executive order granting the right to organize to 28,000 home day care workers in New York City. It’s an important step in their quest to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and rights. The average salary of a home daycare worker in New York City is less than $19,000. The executive order was announced as the Governor gave a speech laying out his commitment to enforcing the state’s labor laws and to protecting the rights of immigrants who work in the state.

UFT President Randi Weingarten on the Governor’s Executive Order:

“Any day you can strengthen child care in New York City and improve the lives of 28,000 home day care providers is a great day,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers which, along with ACORN, is organizing the workers.

“But it is just the beginning of their quest to get the respect, recognition – and fair wages – they deserve for the important work they do. Now that Gov. Spitzer has authorized their representation, we begin the real work of becoming the New York City providers’ elected representative and building the structure – and infrastructure – necessary for a strong organization.”

Below are a couple of quotes, including one that captures the excitement when the providers heard the news.

“We made history here,” said Brooklyn provider Tammie Miller. “This is the best thing that could ever happen in New York City.”

Trying to summon the words to express the joy she was feeling, Bronx provider Melvina Vandross said, “It’s like a hundred birthday parties all at the same time.”

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2 Comments:

  • 1 AFT NCLBlog
    · May 14, 2007 at 9:38 am

    […] home day-care providers is a great day."  A great day indeed. Edwize posts on it here.The executive order also gives bargaining rights to the more than 20,000 homecare workers located […]

  • 2 Firedoglake - Firedoglake weblog » $3 Per Hour to Take Care of Our Kids. Now, Hope Is at Hand
    · May 17, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    […] they could join a union and negotiate a contract. The New York United Federation of Teachers/AFT (UFT/AFT) will work with the day care workers, and AFSCME’s Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) […]