Working for so little

They bathe, dress, and care for us.

They are lucky to make $10 an hour. (This is what the families I know pay their babysitters.)

90% are women, almost a third are African-American, another third are immigrants. A third don’t have health insurance.

The ones I know work around the clock. They may work the night shift in care settings and pick up personal care jobs during the day.  They grab a 3-hour chuck of sleep on a good day.  They pray that nothing goes wrong health-wise.

Beth Baker writes in Ms. that one of the jobs most in demand globally is direct-care workers, but they remain at the bottom of the occupational ladder. There are efforts to organize (e.g. Direct Careworkers Alliance — DCA).

Let’s find new ways to thank them for their hard work.

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