Unionize day-care workers to improve child care

Commentary | March 30, 2009 | By John Burbank | Seattle Times

The Seattle Times recently editorialized against legislation to enable child-care center directors and teachers to organize into a union ["Labor law run amok," editorial, March 11]. This effort would result in a unique cooperative association to negotiate standards for professionalism, education and compensation in early learning. The Times claims that this effort contradicts 70 years of labor law. It is odd to attack a proposal because it would create cooperation between managers and workers. Seven decades of labor law have produced antagonism and strife. The proposal for a cooperative union of child-care center directors and workers creates common ground for professional advancement. It also places hiring and firing decisions and workplace grievances outside the scope of this new cooperative union.

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