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Those of us with little kids at home know that nothing — nothing — can be accomplished without the help of child care. During the coronavirus, that has become even more painfully evident. To that end, a subset of child care workers voted this week to unionize, giving them a better chance to fight for the pay and benefits they so rightly deserve.

Ballots were mailed out over the past month to providers who work with low-income families and receive subsidies from the state. Of those returned, 97% were in favor of being represented by a union.

Most of the providers who fall into this category, reports Mariana Dale, are women of color, and a long, racist history exists in America of underpaying (or not paying at all) women of color to care for other people’s children. This may be a step towards righting that wrong — centuries later.

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