TRI-CITIES, Wash-- On Wednesday, the House passed a bill with over 60-percent approval that would allow some child care workers in the state to get collective bargaining rights. It now faces the challenge of passing in the State Senate, where it failed last year.
What it boils down to is this--it would allow child care workers to unionize if their place of employment accepts subsidies for low-income children.
For some, the thought of unionizing is welcomed. For others, it's something they've been fighting for years.
"A lot of funding for a lot of child care workers does come from the state, and we basically never had a voice in determining what the rules and regulations are concerning child care and also the income we receive from the state," says Tyson Fellman, director of Beyond the Rainbow.
"If we have somebody else, a third party, taking from our bottom line, that takes away from the food we feed the kids, the materials we supply our classroom with. It takes away from the program," says Ginger Still of Kid's World Childcare.
The bill does contain certain exemptions, including day care centers that are non-profit.