Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Let's Rethink Child Care!

The CAW has joined the campaign to engage members and the public in rethinking the way we collectively conceive of child care. 

The CAW is working with the Canadian Labour Congress, other unions and community allies on a new multi-year child care campaign with the ultimate goal of building the necessary conditions to ensure that child care is a vote-determining issue in the 2015 federal election.

In Phase 1: Examining and Exposing the Realities we want to challenge the notion that child care is just “your problem” by encouraging women, men, aunts, uncles or grandparents to tell their stories about finding, keeping and paying for child care. Phase 1 will lay the groundwork for future activism, generate interest in the campaign, and identify activists for future work. Phase 1 of the campaign starts with kitchen table conversations (KTC) to share stories and experiences related to child care in Canada .

Act now
Here are several ways your local can participate in the campaign:

What can you do? Host a kitchen table conversation with eight to ten people. They can be co-workers, family, or friends and neighbours. Talk about your child care experiences. Share your stories about finding and affording good quality child care. Hosting is easy, just check out the website under Kitchen Table Discussion Guide where you will find all the materials to get you started so you can host your own kitchen table discussion (KTC). You can use the easy to follow guide and let us know how it went. Record good stories or consider sending us a video clip from your phone or photos of your event!  They can be sent to

Please consider posting the Let’s Rethink Child Care link to your local union website and share with your contacts on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, contact Julie White, Director of the CAW Women’s Department at

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