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This week, child care providers in California will vote on whether to unionize. The move could mean they will finally be able to fight the state for more reimbursement and better pay – hopefully, something higher than the current national average of $10.72 per hour.

Many such providers are women of color. Speaking to KPCC’s Mariana Dale, Lea Austin, director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley, noted that the low wages associated with childcare can be traced back to the days when Black women were kidnapped, trafficked and forced into unpaid labor in America.

"There's a long history in this country of people expecting servitude, and [for] Black women and Brown women to care for other people and other people's children," Austin said.

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The union, Child Care Providers United, is a partnership between the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Votes will be tallied on Friday.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, July 21

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L.A. County officials are considering a measure for the November ballot that would require that a certain percentage of county funds be spent every year on affordable housing, job training, mental health services and more. Robert Garrova will have the story.

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