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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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In Defense of “Gold-Plated” Child Care

In Defense of “Gold-Plated” Child Care

Union Struggles to Preserve Quality Care and Quality Care Work in Toronto

(p.189) 8 In Defense of “Gold-Plated” Child Care
Unions and the City

Simon Black

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines contemporary trade union strategies in the greater Toronto area's child care sector, focusing particularly on the ability of child care workers' unions and their community allies to defend high-quality public child care services in a context of neoliberal austerity and a child care system in crisis. In Toronto, the Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE) Local 79 successfully fought the privatization of the city's fifty-seven municipal centers, preserving union jobs and child care funding in the process. This case is contrasted with an unsuccessful campaign to stop the closure of municipal centers in the Region of Peel, a suburb of Toronto. Lacking allies in local government, and in the absence of a strong local child care coalition and broader community-based mobilization against austerity, this campaign ultimately failed.

Keywords:   child care services, neoliberal austerity, child care system, Canadian Union of Public Employee, privatization, union jobs, child care funding, Region of Peel, child care coalition, community-based mobilization

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