Valuing Care by Valuing Care Workers

Dresser, L. Valuing Care by Valuing Care Workers. COWS, 2015.

Care workers—including providers of both child care and hands-on direct care supporting the elderly and people with disabilities—number 5.5 million and are employed in some of the fastest growing and lowest paying jobs in the American economy. Their “priceless” work, of such critical importance to families and society, rarely offers more than miserable wages and shoddy benefits. Improving these jobs and securing a decent standard of care requires fundamentally and dramatically reshaping the nation’s understanding of what care work is, what it is worth, and how to pay for it.

This paper is released as part of the Roosevelt Institute’s larger report, Blueprint to Empower Workers to Shared Prosperity.