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Unions and the CityNegotiating Urban Change$
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Ian Thomas MacDonald

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501706547

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501706547.001.0001

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Creating a City for Workers

Creating a City for Workers

Union Strategies on Child Care in New York City

(p.171) 7 Creating a City for Workers
Unions and the City

Susanna F. Schaller

K. C. Wagner

Mildred E. Warner

Cornell University Press

This chapter addresses the duality of labor strategy in the child care sector with one case study of unions campaigning to expand their members' access to child care benefits, paired with a second case study of a union organizing a campaign that combined direct organizing of child care providers with public policy development. The first case study tells the story of how a highly feminized union representing health care workers won child care benefits in collective bargaining, subsequently campaigned as part of a multiunion fare benefit, and expanded access to child care for low- and middle-income wage earners. The second case follows a United Federation of Teachers (UFT)-driven labor-community campaign to organize home-based child care providers, which represent a low-wage segment of the child care workforce that has emerged in the context of privatization and voucherization.

Keywords:   child care, child care benefits, child care providers, public policy development, health care workers, collective bargaining, United Federation of Teachers, home-based child care, child care workforce

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