Workers at a New Jersey Childcare Center Have Unanimously Ratified Their First Contract

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Trenton-based Capital Child Care employees will see a pay increase, additional paid holidays, a grievance procedure and modest benefits.

Capital Child Care workers celebrate their new contract.

Our workers provide first-class care for children of hard-working families and they deserved to be treated justly, said Lionel Leach, president of CWA Local 1039.

Workers at a New Jersey childcare center have unanimously ratified their first contract, 25-0.

Trenton-based Capital Child Care employees will see a pay increase, additional paid holidays, a grievance procedure and modest benefits.

Capital Child Care workers voted to join CWA Local 1039 just last March after suffering low wages, no health care and zero benefits. The agreement calls for a 12% increase during the two-year agreement along with additional paid holidays, grievance procedures, and modest benefits. The owners of Capital Child Care further agreed to cease its problematic management practices.

During contract negotiations, those fears were confirmed when they discovered they were, in fact, being paid wages far below industry standard for the area.

"Our workers provide first-class care for children of hard-working families and they deserved to be treated justly," said Lionel Leach, president of CWA Local 1039.

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