Teamsters Win 4-Year Fight to Halt Outsourcing of UCSC Childcare Centers!

The UCSC Childcare Center Will Not Be Outsourced!

Local 2010 has won our fight to keep early childhood education positions in-house at UCSC, saving the jobs of 15 long-term educators and preserving the high quality childcare the UCSC community depends on!

On Oct. 26, UCSC Chancellor Cynthia Larive announced that childcare would be kept in-house at UCSC’s new childcare center, four years after Teamsters childcare staff were first told their work would be outsourced to for-profit provider Bright Horizons.

Local 2010 Union Representative Rocio Richards immediately began organizing to preserve members’ jobs, fighting tirelessly alongside staff, faculty, parents, donors, and other Unions to demonstrate the importance of members’ work. Our union circulated petitions, staged rallies, coordinated testimony at UC Regents meetings and multiple “listening sessions” with campus administration, and more.

We are thrilled that UCSC Chancellor Larive has overturned the decision to outsource Teamsters UCSC childcare workers after she heard the outpouring of support from the campus community, Teamsters, Regents and other stakeholders. She has committed to our staff that we will continue to provide quality affordable childcare for generations to come.

UCSC Early Childhood Education teachers plus student teachers show off their Halloween spirit at this year's fall festival!

We are so happy with Chancellor Larive’s decision to keep childcare in-house and to EXPAND the in-house staff when the new childcare center opens! Everyone with an interest in childcare agreed that an outside, for-profit provider was completely inappropriate for the UCSC community. Parents and supporters are thrilled that teaching staff will not be forced out of jobs they truly love serving children, parents and UCSC.

Local 2010 members will continue to provide exceptional care for the children of the UCSC community, now and for generations to come!

Congratulations to our courageous UCSC child care teachers for this great win that saved our Teamster jobs. Your persistence in standing up for what’s right is an example for workers everywhere: When we fight, we win!