National advocacy group PHI on Tuesday announced the launch of the Direct Care Worker Equity Institute on Tuesday to tackle issues of racism and gender injustice in long-term care.
According to data provided by PHI, 87% of direct long-term care workers are women, 61% are people of color, 27% are immigrants, and 44% live in or near poverty.
“For too long, direct care workers have faced a series of systemic inequities that undermine their quality of life and devalue direct care work,” said PHI President Jodi M. Sturgeon in a statement. communicated.
The new institute, PHI said, will:
- Maintain a centralized online center of resources and publications;
- Produce original studies and policy resources;
- Develop equity-specific advocacy tools to assist state and federal leaders;
- Design and inform workforce interventions to reduce disparities and promote equity;
- Convene experts from the direct care workforce – including workers themselves – to develop policies and practical solutions grounded in equity; and
- Collaborate with leading organizations representing people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBT communities, among others.
White House Task Force
In other workplace news, the White House on Monday released a 43-page report outlining several dozen steps it intends to take to promote union membership and collective bargaining among public and private sector employees. .
The report, from the Task Force on Organizing and Empowering Workers led by Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, details nearly 70 proposals to make it easier for employees to organize, which, according to them, will strengthen racial and gender equality in the workplace. .
According to the task force report, unionized households earn up to 20% more than non-unionized households, and the difference is greater for less-educated workers and workers of color.
“Unionized Black and Latino workers, both men and women, enjoy significantly higher median weekly earnings than nonunion workers in the same situation,” the report says. “Workers of color, women, older workers, and workers with disabilities also typically enjoy protections against discrimination and harassment that unions typically include in their collective agreements.”