Schaller, S., Wagner, K.C., and Warner, M.E. 2015. "Creating a City for Workers: Union Strategies on Child Care in NYC," in Placing Labour in the New Urban Economy, forthcoming, ed. by Ian MacDonald, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University ILR Press.
In devising new labor strategies unions have to strike a balance between reaching out to broader community partners and meeting the core needs of their current and future membership base. This chapter examines two NYC case studies in the child care sector to illustrate how unions formed strategic coalitions to expand access to child care, broaden subsidies and child care benefits to workers generally, and upgrade working conditions for the most marginalized home based child care workers. The cases we present in this chapter also reflect on some of the tensions that emerge as unions formulate new labor strategy and create critical links to politics and policy making at the city level.
Subject: Child Care,Economic Development,Planning