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Mass. early child educators OK tentative contract

November 30, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — The state and a union representing nearly 4,000 early childhood educators have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement.

Officials from the Service Employees International Union Local 509 said the settlement will provide gains for early childhood educators on pay, training, and specialized care, “while also improving the quality of and overall access to child care for working families.”

SEIU officials said that legislation to enable early childhood educators to unionize was first introduced nine years ago, but was finally signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in September.

As part of the agreement, family child care providers will receive a 10 percent rate increase over three years.

The union said the agreement goes into effect once it’s ratified by a majority vote of participating providers in coming weeks.

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