14 Arrested During Child Care Rally at Capitol

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Fourteen people were detained, cited and released Wednesday when a child care rally for SB 548 caused traffic jams.

Workers could be heard shouting, "We did it for the kids!" as they walked away, their hands tied behind their backs.

"We were pretty much pushed to this," event organizer Tonia McMillian said.

A handful of the demonstrators sat down on blankets ion the middle of the intersection near 11th and L streets.

Supporters of SB 548 say they've been trying to get a bill passed for 11 years, a bill that would provide resources to child care workers and allow workers to bargain for themselves and be their own advocates.

"The cost. Well, we are not in a recession now. We do have funding that needs to be fairly distributed," McMillian said.

Republican Sen. Sharon Runner, of Lancaster, responded to the bill Wednesday, stating:

"SB 548 will result in major state costs, take away a childcare workers ability to work as an independent contractor and most importantly divert money away from our children. For these reasons, I could not support the bill when it came before me in the Senate Education Committee.”

The California State Senate passed SB 548 on Wednesday.