PHONE CALLS, PLEASE — Rippeteau is urging members of Local 132 (Child Care Providers) and others to contact legislators regarding HB 2015, the expansion of the state’s employment-related day care.
“I know lots of people have called, and I appreciate that,” said Rippeteau. “But if you haven’t already called, or e-mailed, we could use a push right now.”
With HB 2015, AFSCME has been pushing to improve ERDC in two ways. One, to increase the subsidy rates paid via ERDC. Two, to increase the number of families that receive ERDC benefits.
“We’re asking for $62 million for full funding, which is an important distinction,” said Rippeteau. “There are currently 7,800 families receiving ERDC support, and another 3,400 on the waiting list. I’ve been hearing that there will be money for increased rates, but no money for increasing the number of eligible families. So the message to legislators is that we need to do both.”
There is always contact information for all legislators on the Oregon Legislature tab of the Council 75 website. You can also find a link there that will identify your legislators based on your home address if you are not sure whom to contact.