LETTER: Dykema's Daycare Decision Hurts Local Women

Daycare unionization has made one voter decide to vote for Marty Lamb.

Dear Editor, 

Government regulations are hurting our local businesses.  I was disappointed to learn that Rep. Dykema voted to force home daycare centers into a state employee union.  She’ll say they are not forced, but the state takes the money out of the voucher whether they join or not.  These are small women owned home daycares that are being hurt. 

These small businesses have opposed being in the SEIU for 8 years.  Instead of the legislature accepting that decision, they passed legislation to force them to pay union dues.  

Rep. Dykema’s vote was anti-small business.  The large corporate daycare centers like Kindercare are exempt. 

Worse yet, it will cause the rates for parents to increase, and moreso cause them to close their doors.  This hurts parents and children who rely on trusty local daycares.

On November 6th we can do better.  Vote Marty Lamb for State Representative. 

Donald Folkes

Southborough, MA

Christian Ollenborger October 26, 2012 at 04:31 PM
This was just shocking to me, we know Dykema is on the side of big unions, but I thought she would support women and not FORCE them into a union. Deplorable -- and shockingly same vote the speaker cast!
Gina Sabin October 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Dykema votes against women and sides with the big unions. That's what this is, a pure political pay off and women pay the price. This issue directly affects me. If a home daycare accepts ONE child on a voucher they are forced into the union!! If the legislature wanted to increase the rates they could just do it. Senate Republicans offered an amendment to increase the rates and Democrats voted it down. Hence this is just to put home daycare people into a union. Two years ago the union tried to recruit the home daycare centers into the union. They were turned down so now they got the legislature to force them into the union. Why do daycare centers need a lobbyist??? That's what is wrong. This puts home daycare at a competitive disadvantage because thy now have to pay union dues in the cost of doing business. Home daycare centers are being forced if they accept one child. Moreover, if the home daycare centers want to add children to their center to cover the costs, they can only take voucher children. This is a disaster for mothers and children and Ms. Dykema doesn't care. All she wants is big labor union money. Sickening.
Joe Barbieri October 26, 2012 at 05:35 PM
This is a terrible hit to women owned businesses. This, of course, will either drive up prices or force the daycares to close. Either way, it's parents and kids who lose-lose. Ms. Dykema is heartless to put big labor union special interests over moms and kids and women trying to earn a living taking care of them. Disgraceful.
K Napolitano October 26, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Dykema is hurting the district when she voted to force home day care people into a state union. That was a vote solely for the unions. That vote hurts a lot of local small businesses and parents who need and trust local day cares. That vote was a big hit to women, both women who are mothers and women who run these small Mom owned daycares. It raises their costs and puts them out of business.
Iron Mike October 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Her vote on this hurts a lot of folks: - the women who rely on neighborhood daycare so they can work. - the home daycare providers. - the employers who are counting on working moms to staff their businesses. - the kids who will always have a closer relationship to their neighborhood providers than they would to a daycare factory store like Next Generation. So WHO benefits? The SEIU leadership [dues] and Mz Dykema [political contributions]. Anybody smell anything rotten in this kind of politics?
Anne Babcock October 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM
The legislation discussed in Fokles' letter is H3986, which gives child care providers the OPTION to unionize, which is very different from forcing them to unionize. In reference to this Act, Secretary of the Commonwealth William C. Gavin's press release entitled House Passes Bills That Allow Child Care Workers to Unionize and 16-Year-Olds to Pre-Register to Vote, states,"Currently, as independent contractors, Massachusetts child care providers are unable to unionize, however this legislation creates a legal mechanism to do so. Allowing providers the opportunity to unionize will make it easier to recruit and retain a stable workforce of family child care providers that children and families can depend on." This is a link to the press release from State Representative William Francis Galvin's office (not a link to political propaganda) http://canton.patch.com/articles/house-passes-bills-that-allow-child-care-workers-to-unionize-and-16-year-olds-to-pre-register-to-vote
Joe Barbieri October 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM
The Dykema camp's smoke and mirrors is endless.This is not the part of the bill in question. It's meant to obfuscate and muddy the waters which is what they want to do, because the truth about her voting record is dismal and public info and very revealing.
Lisa Keefe October 27, 2012 at 07:48 AM
These Dykema votes hurt women who run the daycare and parents who need a trusty local daycare that is reasonable. They raise their costs and parents suffer and things are tough enough these days. Also, if these mom owned daycares can't keep going, they close, and that leaves a big void in the neighborhood. All around this Dykema vote to force them to unionize has terrible repercussions. There's no common sense in voting for something so awful.
K Napolitano October 28, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Ms Dykema's vote burdens women who have these in-home daycares and makes life that much more difficult for women who rely on them. Mothers and children end up on the short end with higher costs to bear or a daycare that closes it's doors. It's one of many terrible votes by Ms. Dykema.
Darlene Hayes October 28, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Its an OPTION to home daycares receiving state vouchers only, Napolotano, 3 of these daycares exist in the 8th dist, not a real issue in this community or economic impact. Ms Keefe, women's credibility? a past article in the Patch 2/23/2012- public record. splinter vs plank in the eye credibility. I dont hear outcry from the 3 daycares or outplaced parents in this district. Often a home daycare opens to accomadate a mother to be home with her child. When her child is school age often choose to close shop for other career aspirations. This has been true in my community without any void in my neighborhood n the 8th dist. It allows these women to spend time with her kids, operate a small home business, earn a bit of $, then move on when their kids are school age. Iron Mike, So I have utilized both home daycares & what you refer to as the "daycare factory" in the 8th district employing local people. Have you? Pro's & cons to both. Larger were more $ but also always open, not closing early because of personal issues, their own child is sick etc - huge issue to working parents. Larger my child learned more & better safety protocols, smaller more flexible with my schedule. 2 home daycares I used both are closed & moved on with their lives,neither ever took state vouchers. 2 larger are still vibrant & expanding local businesses. Carolyn Dykema votes with the 8th district in mind. I am looking forward to casting my ballot on 11/6 to re-elect Carolyn Dykema.
K Napolitano October 28, 2012 at 08:51 PM
This is one of the best examples of how Ms Dykema's votes hurt people and business. In this case, hurts woman owned small business and mothers and children.
Darlene Hayes October 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM
There are 3 daycares in the 8th district that accept state vouchers. This vote doesn't affect our district and will help regulate home daycares who are very dependent on state vouchers but that is not in this district. For those in this district if they CHOOSE to join their cost is less than $50per month. A cost that would not put any business under or leave any parents in a lurch.
Kelly Roney November 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
When will Lamb's brigade of Internet dittoes stop this lie? Daycares are allowed to unionize, not forced. Answer to my question: They won't stop.
Kelly Roney November 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
It is simply BS that Carolyn gets contributions from SEIU. Marty Lamb himself claimed she did, but he and his campaign must know by now that this is a falsehood. Yet they continue to say it. Where I grew up, we called this lying.
Kelly Roney November 01, 2012 at 03:56 PM
We just tell the truth, and you can't handle it. This bill is specific to family daycares that take state vouchers. The owners of these daycares would become part of the union if they choose to, and they would only choose to join if it benefits their small businesses.
Kelly Roney November 01, 2012 at 03:57 PM
If this were awful, no way Carolyn would have voted for it. Your claim that it is proves you don't understand it - or that you're cutting and pasting from the Lamb playbook without a thought.
Kelly Roney November 01, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Hardly anyone in this district is affected. As Darlene said, only three daycares here accept state vouchers. State vouchers don't pay very much, so the children of working parents who can't afford much care don't get much care. Demographically, these kids underachieve later, when they're in school, and it costs us tons of money to try to catch them up - if it's even possible. But we want to catch them up, since that's how to strengthen an economy that's built on people, not natural resources. The idea of this new law is to allow a small set of daycares to negotiate better pay rates in exchange for better education and staffing. In the long run, it's intended to improve early childhood vocabulary building, for example, and to save us all money and advance the human potential of these children. Why not simply legislate more money and higher standards? Then there's no way to negotiate these incrementally, and the legislature has to intervene constantly and is always at risk for imposing small business burdens and for paying too much. This is likely to be better for these family daycares, but it's their decision. So, fair, voluntary, pursues a vital public policy goal, and looks to the future.
Darlene Hayes November 01, 2012 at 04:54 PM
K Napolitano, Please state facts the have presidence on the 8th district. Off the 3 daycares in the 8th district that accept state voucher assistance which ones are closing their doors? NONE, What mother's are left on the short end? NONE If they were we would see them in the press and not you or a friend of friend chatter. I elect a state rep based on MY backyard and Dykema is a wonderful ambassador and advocate for issues in the 8th district.
Darlene Hayes November 01, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Kelly, Lets refrain from name calling, its not worth the energy to lower ourselves to their smear campaign that is twisted with false half truths and gimmicks it makes me want a barf bag. Let them do the name calling and bashing. Realize they know the election is only 5 days away, it will stop in 5 days when they realize they backed a party and not a community canidate.


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