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Wash. House approves child care unionization

The Columbian

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Some child care workers in Washington state could get collective bargaining rights under a bill passed by the House.

The bill passed on a 62-35 vote Wednesday and is now headed to the Senate. The same measure passed the House last year, but died after the House would not agree to changes made in the Senate.

The measure allows child care workers to unionize if the day care or school they work for accepts state subsidies for low-income children. Union membership could be compulsory if the majority of workers at child care facilities that accept state money in a certain region vote to unionize. The bill contains certain exemptions, including for day care centers operated by nonprofit agencies.