More than 47,000 home care workers from at least 35 states took part in a tele-town hall to learn more about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s historic caregiving workforce plan that would invest in home and community-based care and transform home care and child care into family-sustaining careers with higher union wages, benefits and training. Home care member leaders also shared how the compassionate care they provide helps our nation’s seniors and people with disabilities live safely and independently at home and to bring back our economy.
2008 NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, ten-time all-star and Olympic gold medalist Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon Walker Williams, praised the dedication of home care workers, predominantly women, women of color and immigrants, and gave a resounding call to get out the vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Brenda Williams, a home care worker and non-union activist from Tampa, Fla. shared what motivates her to vote. “This is such essential work, but I’m only making $10 an hour without basic benefits, job training or personal protective equipment. I have to work 12 hour shifts five days a week just to survive,” said Williams. “Another reason this election is so important is that we have the opportunity in Florida to vote for a $15 minimum wage, which would be life changing for many of us.”
Just two and half weeks before Election Day, an overwhelming majority of the Home Care Get Out the Vote Tele-Town Hall participants responded that they were ready to take action to get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected and pass their caregiving workforce plan.