Biden-Harris plan recognizes the essential role home care and child care workers play to support America’s families and build back our economy
The Biden-Harris caregiving and education workforce plan prioritizes home care and child care workers -- predominantly women, women of color and immigrants -- and the central role they play in the lives of America’s families and the vitality of our communities.
Joe Biden is the first presidential candidate to recognize that America’s care and service workers aren’t just essential, they are absolutely critical to defeating the coronavirus, providing needed relief for working families, and helping to build back our economy.
The Biden-Harris economic plan invests in caregiving workers as essential social infrastructure, making home care and child care jobs family-sustaining careers by:
- Adding 3 million new home care and early education jobs to meet the rising demand to care for loved ones
- Raising wages so all home care and child care workers who support America’s families can provide the basics for their own family.
- Offering benefits like affordable healthcare and paid family and sick leave.
- Expanding training opportunities to raise the standards of needed long term care and early education.
- Ensuring all home care and child care workers have the choice to join together in unions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the vital role of caregiving workers to keep our loved ones safe at home and in nurturing environments. But it didn’t take a pandemic for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to recognize that home care and child care workers are the foundation to supporting America’s working families. Their plan builds on their history of promoting quality care and family services by investing $450 billion in home care and community-based services to relieve the strain on our nation’s nursing homes and provide more care options for the rapidly aging population and people with disabilities. Access to guaranteed pre-K programs and expanded support for after-school, weekend and summer programs would keep children engaged in a safe learning environment while parents of young children are at work.
For decades, SEIU home care across the country have advocated for higher wages, basic benefits and training to provide the highest standards of care so our nation’s parents, grandparents and loved ones with disabilities can live with dignity and independence at home. In July, California’s 40,000 family child care providers made history, winning their 15-year campaign to unionize and have a seat at the table to make improvements to the state’s early childhood education system—an underfunded system they so dedicatedly support despite poverty wages.
The 825,000 home care and child care workers united in SEIU are leading the call for good, union caregiving jobs for all, and are all-in to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in November.
For more information about the Biden-Harris caregiving workforce economic plan go to: https://joebiden.com/caregiving/.