Vermont child care workers move to unionize after passage of law

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — Home-based child care workers are planning to unionize in Vermont after the legislature passed a bill allowing them to do so.

Organizers said Friday that a majority of them have asked the Vermont Labor Relations Board to certify the Vermont Early Educators United, AFT.

The move would allow them to negotiate with the state over subsidies for families sending their children to the homes.

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the legislation in June.

The Labor Relations Board will notify home-based child care workers who will then vote on whether to unionize.

Organizers say the vote is expected to take several weeks.

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