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- “I love the union and am very pleased we have it. We needed a union desperately to fight for us. We could not have won the 2007 market rate without a union backing us…and God knows we need any extra money to buy supplies and everything that we need for our children.” ~ Maria Varona
- “I joined the union to have a voice and get people to recognize that we are not babysitters. We are professionals and we love and enjoy what we are doing and demand respect.” ~ Jacqueline Brooks
- “As parents and child care providers we need a union. We need someone to stand with us and to fight for us. The union can’t pay bills for us, but they can stand with us and show that we are one. That’s what the union is for me.” ~ Rinelle Knight
- “You get empowerment from being in the union because you’re not alone. For a long time, providers were alone in our fight and did not know where to turn for help. Having a union behind us has given us power and it has given us respect.” ~ Linette Ebanks
- “Before we joined the union, we were mistreated and misled. We did not know where to turn. We wouldn’t have a voice and we wouldn’t have trainings provided by the union. The UFT is really needed for people like us.” ~ Miriam Campbell
- “We need a union. We couldn’t do it by ourselves so we need other people to help us to get stronger, build our business and fight for us.” ~ Kim Geddess
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UFT providers do amazing things every day. We will try in this series of featured providers to highlight a few examples of the wonderful work that providers do. We hope these stories of colleagues’ struggles and successes will bring our chapter closer together and inspire pride in our role as the first teachers for New York’s children.
Peruvian immigrants to the United States, Victor and Zenaida Bernaola never intended to enter the child care field but today run a vibrant, bilingual group family program, Happy Kids, from the comfort of their home in the Fordham section of the Bronx. The Bernaolas’ story is a familiar one in New York, and especially so in the city’s various immigrant communities, which include a substantial number of child care providers.
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UFT members from the union’s Family Child Care Provider, United Cerebral Palsy of New York and Bureau of Non-Public Schools chapters joined UFT President Michael Mulgrew for a Valentine’s Day “Meet the President” event at UFT headquarters on Feb. 14. Mulgrew spoke to the group about rising income inequality, the upcoming mayoral race and specific issues faced by each of the three different chapters in attendance.
Voice of the Chapter Chair
I want to thank those of you who voted in our recent chapter elections. I am extremely proud that you have re-elected me as chair of our chapter, and I thank you on behalf of myself and my colleagues on the newly elected chapter executive board. We have many challenges ahead, but with your support we will meet them all head on.
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