A labor win for 40,000 childcare workers

Temps at GM & Nina Turner's education shift

Happy Friday! It’s been a busy, hectic time in Washington with impeachment blowing up and the primary season kicking into full gear. I apologize for falling a little behind on this newsletter.

I have a few new stories to share:

At The American Prospect I wrote about a big win in California for more than 40,000 childcare providers, who this week won the right to collectively bargain. They’ve been fighting for this to pass for the last sixteen years, and California now joins eleven other states in granting bargaining rights to childcare workers. I talked to some providers about what this means for them, and looked at why it took so long to pass in a state that’s typically been at the forefront of expanding labor rights.

At The Intercept I looked at Nina Turner’s role as an Ohio state legislator pushing education reform in Cleveland. Turner is now co-chair of Bernie Sanders’s campaign, and was previously president of Our Revolution, the spinoff group of his 2016 race. Sanders has long opposed private school vouchers and has taken a critical position on charters during his presidential campaign, but back in 2012 Turner was seen as a national hero to charter and private school voucher advocates. I looked at what was going on back then in Ohio, the changing positions of many Democrats around these issues, and talked to Turner.

And lastly, today marks Day 19 of the General Motors strike, which some analysts have said may have cost GM more than $1 billion so far. Last week at The Intercept I looked at GM’s desire to maintain its two-tiered labor system, one with full-time permanent employees, and another with “temporary workers” who are more easily disposable, and receive less pay and benefits. The striking UAW workers want to end to this dual system, and it’s been one of the biggest sticking points in the negotiations so far. Nobody knows at this point how it will end.

Thanks a lot for reading, and have a good weekend!