Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed S.B. 867, a state bill that would have allowed child care workers to organize for the purpose of negotiating with California agencies. Specifically, the bill would have allowed the workers to negotiate reimbursement rates and licensing issues with the state.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Gil Cedillo, applied only to providers either licensed to provide child care in a home or who are exempt from licensing but receive subsidies through California’s welfare program. The bill had the support of several unions that saw the measure as a way to improve home day care employees’ working conditions and reduce turnover rates.
Schwarzenegger cited the state’s budget deficit among his reasons for killing the bill. He vetoed a similar bill, A.B. 1164, in October 2007.
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