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Vermont House endorses child care union

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House has voted narrowly to advance a bill to allow home-based child care operators to unionize and negotiate with the state over subsidies for families sending their children to the homes.

The House voted 70-64, with 16 members absent, to give preliminary approval to a bill already passed by the Senate. It would allow home-based child care providers with 12 or fewer children in their care to unionize.

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Backers say child care providers are underpaid, with typical pay being around $18,000 per year, and that unionization will help change that.

Opponents say they're uncomfortable with allowing small business owners — some with their own employees — to unionize.

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