Assembly Passes AB 101 to Mend Broken Child Care System
Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Bill A. Lloyd, President of SEIU California, on the State Assembly’s passageof AB 101 (J. Perez and Steinberg):
“California’s Assembly members, under the leadership of Speaker John Perez, today took action to address our state’s jobs crisis by strengthening California’s child care system, an $11 billion industry. Speaker Perez deserves thanks, as do Assemblymembers Bonnie Lowenthal and Sandre Swanson.
“Child care providers are an often hidden but absolutely essential part of a strong economy. Without someone they can trust to look after their kids, moms and dads can’t go back to work or keep the jobs they have.
“But just when families need reliable child care more than ever, thousands of providers are having to close their small businesses. They live month to month, not knowing if or when they’ll get paid, or if they’ll be able to cover their costs, much less their mortgages. When one provider has to shut their doors, up to fourteen families risk losing the jobs that sustain their families.
“Our child care system is broken. And in this economy—with hundreds of thousands of California families relying on us to care for their kids so they can keep their jobs—we can’t afford a broken child care system. We urge Gov. Brown to sign AB 101 because child care keeps California working.”
Over 700,000 Californians make up SEIU in California; we work throughout the state, in all 58 counties, and we represent California in all of its diversity. We are social workers, nurses, classroom aides, state workers, security officers, college professors, home care workers, janitors, and more.