March 29, 2023 9:56 pm

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In the previous 3 years, the US economy has revealed an undeniable truth: it runs on care function. This labor, performed largely by females of colour, is typically created invisible: performed quietly and cheaply by these at the margins of society, who function tough 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 function that is intrinsic to our survival?

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

  • Adria Powell, president, and CEO of the Cooperative House Care Associates. Primarily based in the Bronx, New York, CHCA, which employs 1,800 individuals, is the nation’s biggest worker cooperative.
  • Jenn Stowe, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an advocacy network that operates for respect, recognition, and rights for additional 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 organization that converted to worker ownership and became aspect of the Co-op Cincy worker co-op network in 2022.

In the webinar conversation, panelists address a wide variety of queries, such as the following:

  • What is the “care economy”? What is its scale? What are the top things behind the sector’s speedy development?
  • What are some strategies that advocacy currently has begun to enhance the worth of care function? Exactly where have there been “wins?” What has been accomplished?
  • What are policy priorities going forward?
  • How do operations alter when a organization 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 constructing narratives that elevate the worth of care function?
  • What actions can nonprofits and philanthropy take to assistance care workers?


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

Paraprofessional Overall health Institute, Caring for the Future: The Energy and Prospective 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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