Law and Politics

SEIU’s Henry Urges ‘Human Infrastructure’ for Home Care

October 10, 2016 

International Union President Mary Kay Henry


By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC – If Hillary Clinton is elected President, Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry wants one of her first priorities to be a jobs bill that invests in healthcare’s “human infrastructure.

” “We want to expand how the nation thinks about infrastructure,” Henry told BuzzFeed News. “We want infrastructure to be roads, bridges, and highways, we’re for that, but we also want it to be child care and home care workers, which are the vast majority of jobs that are growing in the United States.” Home-care work has gained more jobs than any other profession in the U.S. in recent years, but the median wage is barely $10.50 an hour. Clinton’s planned infrastructure legislation, SEIU communications director Sahir Wali said, could help home-care workers by including a tax credit for care for the elderly or public aid for child care. Henry said that labor laws need to be changed to stop excluding home care, child care, and domestic work from their protections, and that the SEIU intended to become a “21st century union with an anti-racist agenda.” “Simply putting more working people in unions, if we don’t address racial exclusion, isn’t going to fundamentally change the future for all of our families,” she added. Read more

October 9, 2016

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