Welcome to the UFT's Bright Horizons Chapter.
In July 2017, the UFT won an election to represent teachers and associate teachers at the Bright Horizons 345 Adams Street site in downtown Brooklyn. This is the only site, of approximately 1,100 Bright Horizons locations nationwide, represented by a union.
Negotiations for a first contract are ongoing but have been met with resistance from the employer over critical issues such as compensation and paid time off. Bright Horizons is multi-million dollar corporation but some of the teachers the UFT represents earn minimum wage or slightly above.
The UFT-represented teachers are an integral part of the support Bright Horizons provides to families, which includes early education and preschool services, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, educational advisory services and other work/life solutions.
As we move forward with our campaign for our first contract, the UFT will continue its advocacy on behalf of the teachers at Bright Horizons 345 Adams Street. This includes answering questions, offering guidance and providing resources.
I also want to encourage you to check this page regularly for updates about the UFT's Bright Horizons Chapter. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
UFT Chapter Liaison
To read more about our campaign for a first contract, click on the links below:
Private day care prepares children for success but often leave employees behind
Harper’s Magazine, Oct. 21, 2019
New York’s NAACP leader blasts private day care company for stalling union talks
New York Daily News, Oct. 19, 2019, Harper’s Magazine
National Labor Relations Board settles in UFT's favor
On Oct. 24, the NLRB approved a settlement between the UFT and Bright Horizon's Children's Centers LLC. The settlement resolves a charge filed by the UFT in response to an incident that took place in April during which management insisted that employees remove “Union Proud” buttons while at work. Region 2 of the NLRB found that these actions violated employees’ rights “to form, join, or assist a union” under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. The terms of the settlement require that Bright Horizons not prohibit employees from wearing buttons or other union insignia at work. Bright Horizons also must rescind that part of its dress code which violates these rights and notify employees at all centers nationwide of the change in policy.
Letter of support from the NYS Conference NAACP
The NYS Conference of the NAACP gave this chapter its support in 2017. The Conference continues its support with a recent letter from Hazel Dukes, the conference's president, to the chairman of the board of Bright Horizons. In it, she says, "Even as the price of your corporate stock has surged 60 percent in the past two year, many educators at your Brooklyn Adams Street site still earn at or barely above minimum wage and cannot afford to buy the healthcare that Bright Horizons offers its employees."