Tue. Mar 21st, 2023

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In the previous 3 years, the US economy has revealed an undeniable truth: it runs on care perform. This labor, carried out largely by ladies of colour, is generally created invisible: performed quietly and cheaply by these at the margins of society, who perform really hard with no great spend or protections.

How can workers in the sector come collectively to organize—and counter this tendency of the nation’s economy to devalue care perform that is intrinsic to our survival?

To discover these concerns, this webinar brings collectively 3 leaders in the care economy to talk about these matters at the level of nearby, state, and national policy and practice. These panelists are:

  • Adria Powell, president, and CEO of the Cooperative Residence Care Associates. Primarily based in the Bronx, New York, CHCA, which employs 1,800 folks, is the nation’s biggest worker cooperative.
  • Jenn Stowe, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an advocacy network that performs for respect, recognition, and rights for much more than two.two million nannies, housecleaners, and property care workers nationwide.
  • Mary Wilder, board president and worker-owner of Shine Nurture Center Cooperative, a Cincinnati-primarily based childcare small business that converted to worker ownership and became component of the Co-op Cincy worker co-op network in 2022.

In the webinar conversation, panelists address a wide variety of concerns, like the following:

  • What is the “care economy”? What is its scale? What are the major things behind the sector’s speedy development?
  • What are some methods that advocacy currently has begun to enhance the worth of care perform? Exactly where have there been “wins?” What has been accomplished?
  • What are policy priorities going forward?
  • How do operations transform when a small business becomes a worker co-op?
  • How can worker cooperatives develop 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 developing narratives that elevate the worth of care perform?
  • What measures can nonprofits and philanthropy take to assistance care workers?


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Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (now Co-op Cincy), Techniques Toward Wage Equity in Early Childhood, Cincinnati, OH: Co-op Cincy, September 17, 2018.

Paraprofessional Wellness Institute, Caring for the Future: The Energy and Possible 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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