It’s clear our communities are struggling. Meanwhile, corporations across the country are raking in profits – all while avoiding paying billions in taxes.
Time and time again, we’ve seen work that is predominantly done by women be undervalued. I want other care workers to know: as workers, we deserve more.
September marked an important victory for care workers across Colorado. Legislators listened to care workers’ voices and voted for a $15 minimum wage that will take effect on January 1, 2022. For many of us, this is a much-needed pay raise that will have an immediate impact on our lives. It’s a victory worth celebrating – and it’s all because we came together and advocated for what we deserve. While we may see an increase in our paychecks come January, there is still so much left to do to make the care industry work for all of us. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been hailed as heroes. Employers have shown their appreciation by throwing us pizza parties, hanging “thank you” banners, and other small gifts. But when I’m sitting at the kitchen table reviewing my monthly bills, trying to crunch numbers to make it all work, I can’t help but feel