PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ State-subsidized child care providers in Rhode Island could vote within the next two months on whether to join a labor union, under an agreement signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee's administration.
About 580 private contractors who provide child care in their homes and are paid by the state will be asked to join the Service Employees International Union. Voting dates haven't been set.
The Providence Journal reports the State Labor Relations Board on Wednesday disclosed the agreement on the unionization vote between the administration and the Service Employees International Union.
Chafee and lawmakers this year approved legislation allowing child care workers to unionize.
The National Right to Work Foundation has been opposing the unionization of child care workers across the country and says it's monitoring what's happening in Rhode Island.
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