When we work together we win. Last week, after a marathon 4 days and nights of negotiations, the 2016 bargaining team, composed of SEIU 925 members from every region of the state, reached a tentative agreement with the state on a new contract.
The bargaining team did an outstanding job bring the collective concerns and demands of providers to the Department of Early Learning. The strong voice of the bargaining team, combined with member actions pushed DEL to agree to much more than they wanted to give.
It was not always easy. The committee was at the bargaining table until the early hours of Saturday, but the bargaining team never gave up – and neither did our members.
With no notice SEIU 925 members from across the state got to work and generated over 200 calls to Governor Inslee’s office to demand a fair contract- it worked!
Here is just some of what we’ve won:
- Across the board Subsidy Rate increases for both FCC and FFN providers
- Access to ECEAP program
- More FCC Provider slots for Health Benefits
- Improved the Professional Development program and fund
- Established a 4 and a half week Early Achievers rating window (currently it can be up to 3 months)
- $3 million new dollars for a Career Development Fund to grow Family Child Care in Washington State
This is a fantastic victory, but we are not done yet. The Steering Council Leadership team will meet on August 20 to review the contract settlement and plan the agenda for regional membership meetings and the ratification process. These meetings will take pace in September and SEIU 925 Child Care Provider members should plan to participate in the contract vote.
The final step is getting the Family Child Care Union Contract funded through the legislature when it convenes early next year. That means we will need to help champions of working families in the legislature get elected in November.