A strong economy must have a strong care infrastructure that works for everyone.
From birth to end-of-life, we all share the need for care—for ourselves and our loved ones. The ongoing pandemic has shown us all that home care workers are essential to keeping our nation’s seniors and people with disabilities living safely and with dignity at home. In short, care work—predominantly done by Black, Latina, and Asian immigrant women—is the backbone of our economy and our families.
A care infrastructure that supports these essential workers will allow us to build back better.
Care infrastructure includes comprehensive supports and services for caregivers, who are providing both paid and unpaid care and support for those who need care for children and aging, ill, or disabled family members. Government investment in a comprehensive care infrastructure, including living wages, benefits, and a pathway to citizenship for those who need it, is an investment in a strong and equitable caring economy that benefits us all.
Building the infrastructure families need now, as part of emergency COVID relief, and over the long run, is good for families, communities, and the national economy. That’s why we must make home care jobs good union jobs with wages of at least $15 an hour, benefits and training to provide the highest quality of care.
Home care jobs are the future of work.
The careforce is the fastest growing workforce in the country. The only way to move our country forward is to ensure that care is at the center of our economy.
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