Valuing Care by Valuing Care Workers: The Big Cost of a Worthy Standard and Some Steps toward It
October 7, 2015
This report describes the value and needs of “care worekrs,” a category of workers that includes both child care workers and direct care workers. This workforce — which totals 5.5 million and is growing rapidly — is plagued by low wages and insufficient protections, the author argues. The author then suggests ways to stabilize the workforce, including enhanced workforce protections, a higher minimum wage, and the implementation of paid leave policies.