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Group studying daycare union issue seeks input

December 18, 2011
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HARTFORD, Conn.—A group assigned to recommend whether some Connecticut daycare providers can unionize is looking for public input.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy created the study group through an executive order in September. He says those employees are among Connecticut's hardest working and lowest paid workers, and he thinks they should get to bargain collectively.

His order affected more than 4,000 home-based daycare providers, letting them elect a representative for non-binding discussions with state agencies if they receive state subsidies. A bill to let them unionize failed in the last legislative session.

The union that would represent the workers says they want more input into state subsidy rates, training and other issues.

The working group is holding a public comment session at 7 p.m. at the state Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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