Oct 05
"BOSTON – A fight over whether to permit child care workers to unionize increasingly appears to be a harmful wedge between stakeholders who should be allies in educating children, a key lawmaker warned Tuesday, contending that a pitched debate on the issue has resulted in “unnecessary polarization.” “Everyone wants quality. Everyone wants an inclusive system,” said Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley), co-chair of the Public Service Committee. “I am concerned that this legislation has driven a wedge within the field and among providers that I’m not sure is necessarily a good thing in terms of quality and access." Scibak’s comments came amid lengthy hearing that packed the State House’s largest venue, Gardner Auditorium, with an evenly divided group of proponents and opponents who alternately offered testimony on the proposal (H 1671). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Steven Walsh (D-Lynn) and backed by 24 colleagues, would declare the right to collectively bargain for employees at state-contracted child care facilities, which receive vouchers to offer access to low-income families..." View the article.