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In the preceding three years, the US economy has revealed an undeniable truth: it runs on care operate. This labor, carried out largely by ladies of colour, is usually developed invisible: performed quietly and cheaply by these at the margins of society, who operate challenging with out fantastic devote or protections.
How can workers in the sector come collectively to organize—and counter this tendency of the nation’s economy to devalue care operate that is intrinsic to our survival?
To uncover these queries, this webinar brings collectively three leaders in the care economy to speak about these matters at the level of neighborhood, state, and national policy and practice. These panelists are:
- Adria Powell, president, and CEO of the Cooperative Household Care Associates. Mainly primarily based in the Bronx, New York, CHCA, which employs 1,800 guys and ladies, is the nation’s largest worker cooperative.
- Jenn Stowe, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an advocacy network that performs for respect, recognition, and rights for a lot a lot more than two.two million nannies, housecleaners, and household care workers nationwide.
- Mary Wilder, board president and worker-owner of Shine Nurture Center Cooperative, a Cincinnati-mainly primarily based childcare organization enterprise that converted to worker ownership and became portion of the Co-op Cincy worker co-op network in 2022.
In the webinar conversation, panelists address a wide assortment of queries, like the following:
- What is the “care economy”? What is its scale? What are the top rated components behind the sector’s speedy improvement?
- What are some methods that advocacy presently has begun to raise the worth of care operate? Precisely exactly where have there been “wins?” What has been achieved?
- What are policy priorities going forward?
- How do operations alter when a organization enterprise becomes a worker co-op?
- How can worker cooperatives create in scale in the care sector?
- What roles do labor unions play in the care economy now? What roles could they play?
- How are movements functioning to constructing narratives that elevate the worth of care operate?
- What strategies can nonprofits and philanthropy take to help care workers?
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Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (now Co-op Cincy), Approaches Toward Wage Equity in Early Childhood, Cincinnati, OH: Co-op Cincy, September 17, 2018.
Paraprofessional Nicely becoming Institute, Caring for the Future: The Power and Potential of America’s Direct Care Workforce, Bronx, NY: PHI, 2021.
Ai-jen Poo, Adria Powell, Dennis Hogan, Dulari Tahbildar and Ellen Vera, “The State of the Care Economy: Neighborhood Leaders Weigh in,” NPQ, Sept. 14, 2022.
Pop Culture Collaborative, “From The Help to Roma How the National Domestic Workers Alliance Is Transforming Pop Culture,” New York, Pop Culture Collab, 2019.
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