Join with the PSC’s Social Safety Net Working Group as we team with many other unions and advocacy organizations in support of kick off the “Caring Across Generations” campaign here in NYC organized by Domestic Workers United and Align. The Care Congress is Sunday, June 3, 2-5pm, Pace University, across from City Hall.
The Care Congress is the NYC start of a national campaign to strengthen the safety net by guaranteeing quality care provided by a unionized, trained workforce. To succeed, this campaign requires that those receiving care have the necessary resources to employ that workforce. You’ll find your participation in the Care Congress informative, but, more important, participation will help to build the grassroots network required to make the campaign’s goals a reality.
Caring Across Generations is initiated by Domestic Workers United and Jobs with Justice. In NYC, the campaign is led by DWU and Align, the merger of Jobs With Justice and Urban Agenda. It has the backing of a number of social justice groups associated with the handicapped and with the Jewish social justice community. They are doing intensive union outreach and have the support of SEIU 32BJ, SEIU 1199, TWU Local 100, UFT, and PSC. And the list grows daily.
The premise of the campaign is that the growth of the aging and handicapped populations will generate an enormous number of jobs for domestic workers. The goal of the campaign is to make those jobs quality jobs with regard to wages, benefits and working conditions, and to establish, through training, a professional career ladder. Of course, absent resources at the disposal of the handicapped and the elderly, in other words, the means to purchase services, the campaign will founder. The campaign has, therefore, the parallel goals of defending the social safety net and educating consumers of care.
To bolster the PSC’s own “Defend the Social Safety Net” campaign and to contribute to the success of Caring Across Generations, we need to establish a strong presence at the Care Congress. Join us on June 3. Please register in advance, on line, at bit.ly/NYCareCongress. You may also register at the door on June 3.
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