Bronx and city day care workers begin three-day strike hoping for better pay

Day care centers were forced to close Wednesday as hundreds of Bronx and city day care workers walked off the job to begin a three-day walkout.

The workers rallied and then marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, demanding higher pay. The day care workers say their last contract expired three years ago, and the last time they had a raise was four years ago. Many workers say they have master's degrees but make less than some starting-public school teachers. In addition to better pay, the day care workers want more vacation time.

The three-day strike will only affect city-run centers.

On Tuesday, thousands of members of the police, fire and teachers' unions rallied outside City Hall to demand pay raises, some carrying signs that read "No Way to Treat Heroes."

Related story:Police, firefighter and teacher union members rally for raises and contracts

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