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The Caring SelfThe Work Experiences of Home Care Aides$
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Clare L. Stacey

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449857

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449857.001.0001

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Organizing Home Care

Organizing Home Care

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The Caring Self

Clare L. Stacey

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the views of home care aides in both California and Ohio towards unions and unionization. Roughly half of the aides in both sites had something to say about unions, while the other half said they either knew too little to comment or did not have much to say on the topic. To help contextualize aides' accounts of unionization, the chapter provides a brief summary of the status of union efforts in California and Ohio, with particular attention to the notable labor victories for aides in the former. The beliefs and opinions about unions found among workers are then added to the discussion in an attempt address the aforementioned gap in the literature on home care unionization. Based on the viewpoint of aides themselves, the chapter considers whether the relational and emotional nature of home care work, particularly bonds of companionship formed with clients, are incompatible with unionization. In other words, does the caring self impede or enable aides' beliefs in their collective rights as workers?

Keywords:   home care unionization, labor unions, California, Ohio, home care aides, caregivers, caring self

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