CUPE 4705 delegates to the Women's Conference attended the rally at Queens Park in the rain, a "Day of Action" to highlight the child care workforce crisis; a call for better pay, better quality, better access to child care.
They highlighted the need to improve access to the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care system by solving the child care workforce shortage with decent work and pay.
We are calling on the Ontario government to commit to a child care workforce strategy including:
A real salary scale starting at $25 per hour for all child care workers and $30 per hour for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs);
Benefits and pensions;
Paid sick days;
Professional development time;
Paid programming time.