Collective bargaining negotiations have begun with the State of Ohio and the SEIU. The SEIU represents the 7,000+ IPs in the State of Ohio. Keep in mind less than 1,750 voted in the favor of the Union. Several hundred of the independent providers are RNs and LPNs.
The SEIU has asked the State of Ohio to deduct dues payments directly from each indepedent provider's pay. The Union is seeking a fair share agreement. Fair Share meaning all IPs would pay union dues even if they are not members.
Also Governor Strickland issued Executive Order 2008-02S. This allows for independent child care home providers to organize under collective bargaining.