Excerpts from the booklet:
The Canadian Union of Public Employees believes Canada urgently needs a high-quality early learning and child care (ELCC) system. Many CUPE members are parents with young children. They need quality child care so they can work with peace of mind. More than half of CUPE members are women, and women still bear the major responsibility for child-rearing. Child care workers, many of them CUPE members, provide a valuable service to society, yet are among its lowest-paid workers.
Strong, universally-accessible social programs such as health care and education are critical to building equity and reducing income disparities. CUPE joins parents, advocates and child care workers calling on governments to build a pan-Canadian, public/non-profit early learning and child care system that meets the needs of today's families. Our children deserve it. Parents need it. And we'll all benefit from it.