Roll Call! Senate Passes Childcare Unionization Bill (22-8), 2014

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SENATE PASSES CHILDCARE UNIONIZATION BILL
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PASSED

in the State Senate on February 27, 2014 by a vote of
22-8 
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Purpose: To allow early childcare providers to collectively bargain through a union for taxpayer funded, government subsidies. (READ THE BILL)

Analysis: This bill forces hundreds of small business people in Vermont to pay dues to a union that they do not want to join (See related Roll Call, Senate votes to force non-union members to pay 85% of union dues, 8-21, 2013), and technically makes childcare providers employees of the sate.

The bill is opposed by Vermonters for the Independence of Child Care Professionals, a coalition of over 250 registered home providers across the state. It is supported by the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO. A similar bill (H.97) stalled in the senate in 2012 when VT-AFL-CIO president Ben Johnson threatened the Senate President Pro Tem, John Campbell (D-Windsor) with a withdrawal of campaign funds for Vermont Democrats if they did not support childcare unionization. (News Story)

Estimates of what this bill could cost taxpayers in increased subsides are from $800,000 to $2.5 million. However, there is currently no allocation in the budget to cover this cost. Any subsides collectively bargained for must be approved by the legislature — a situation that could leave childcare workers paying dues to a union for no benefit.

Senate Journal, Thursday, February 27, 2014“Thereupon, third reading of the bill was ordered on a roll call, Yeas 22, Nays 8.” (Read the Journal, p. 283-299)

Related Media Stories: 

Free Press Editorial, 2/28/14


How They Voted

(Click on Your Senator’s Name to Send an Email)

Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
John Campbell (D-Windsor) –  NO
Donald Collins (D-Franklin) – YES
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
William Doyle (R-Washington) – YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Eldred French (D-Rutland) – YES
Peter Galbraith (D-Windham) – YES
Robert Hartwell (D-Bennington) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – NO
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – NO
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) –  YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – YES

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