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. And, this careforce is the fastest growing workforce in the country.
At NDWA we firmly believe that those who care for our loved ones also deserve to be cared for. We also believe that care must be at the center of our economy in order to move our country forward.
That’s why we’ve partnered with SEIU to create the #CareIsEssential campaign, which calls for care workers to at long last be respected, protected, and paid for the essential work they do every single day.
As home care workers, we don’t get health insurance or sick days. On top of that, we’re responsible for paying for fingerprints, training and CPR which is pricey. When working for $9/hr that can leave you with little to nothing. That’s why we need to work with our elected officials to address our concerns in providing quality care for our clients along with higher pay for home care workers and health insurance.
Shaneika Cooper, Home Care Worker | Las Vegas, NV
The Care Is Essential campaign calls for the investment of $450 billion to expand access to home care services, create 1.5 million new home care jobs and build a sustainable care workforce by:
Increasing pay to a minimum of $15 an hour,
Providing benefits such as healthcare and paid sick leave,
Expanding opportunities for job training,
Establishing a process for workers to have a union and stronger voice to advocate for their families, their clients and their communities,
Creating a process so qualified current and future home care workers who are undocumented have a pathway to citizenship and help fill the care gap.
Building the care infrastructure families need now means over the long run, families, communities, and the national economy can thrive.