SEATTLE -- The plan for universal preschool in Seattle hits its first obstacle. A major sticking point is child-care providers who get city money must meet with union representatives by December 1 and sign a "teacher stabilization agreement” or lose city funding.
Day-care providers are not require to join a union. Mayor Mike McGinn explains on the city’s website: "A teacher stabilization provision in city contracts and agreements with early learning and child-care providers will boost retention of effective teachers and help prevent disruption of services to young children and their families."
But some day-care providers who are not unionized, like the YMCA of Greater Seattle, are skeptical.
“This is an attempt by the city to provide unions access to child-care workers so they can unionize," Bob Gilbertson, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, told the Seattle Times. "It feels like we are being strong-armed."
The YMCA of Greater Seattle employs about 50 teachers in the city at before and after-school programs and three preschools.