MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to allow home-based child care providers to unionize for the purpose of negotiating rates and working conditions with the state.
The bill, which won preliminary approval Thursday on a 22-8 vote, would cover about 1,400 child care workers in home-based settings with up to 12 children. It would not cover staff in larger child care centers.
Lead sponsor Sen. Richard McCormack says many of the child care workers who would be allowed to unionize currently make less than $20,000 a year.
The measure is due up for final Senate action on Friday before moving to the House, where there is believed to be widespread support.
A branch of the American Federation of Teachers has been lobbying for the bill.
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