I think it’s great. Our union is progressive. Treating people like human beings is important. A worker is not a machine. We are people, we think.
– Marcel St. Louis, clerk
For CUPW, child care is a collective responsibility and an important equity issue.
We now know that the first five years of life set the stage for children’s lifelong emotional, intellectual, physical and social development, and affect the health and wealth of our society today and tomorrow. Isn’t it critical that we all take responsibility for making sure our children get the best care and education possible in their early years?
CUPW thinks it is. Our long struggle to obtain the Child Care Fund shows how reluctant employers are to do something about helping parents balance work and family. It shows how most governments still treat the early years as the least, instead of the most, important period of development. But above all, it demonstrates that progress can be made when workers stick together and demand that child care be treated as a priority.