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Labor in the Time of Trump$
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Jasmine Kerrissey, Eve Weinbaum, Clare Hammonds, Tom Juravich, and Dan Clawson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501746598

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501746598.001.0001

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Between Home and State: Care Workers and Labor Strategy for the New Open-Shop Era of Trumplandia

Between Home and State: Care Workers and Labor Strategy for the New Open-Shop Era of Trumplandia

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Labor in the Time of Trump
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Jennifer Klein

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501746598.003.0012

This chapter also tackles how to build power under challenging conditions. It analyzes the case of home health care, which stands outside New Deal labor laws and is one of the largest and fastest-growing low-wage occupations. Building on decades of organizing, persistent political action, and mobilization with clients, home-care workers' unions won legislative battles enabling states to take on the role of employer and winning the right to engage in collective bargaining. But anti-union groups are now aggressively encouraging union disaffiliation through door-to-door campaigns, though home-care unions are fighting back. A critical component is deep member training and education, including “leadership academies” to cultivate workers' political education and skills. This chapter is a reminder that members make the union—with or without state recognition.

Keywords:   home health care, collective bargaining, union disaffiliation, home-care unions, home-care workers, leadership academies, union members

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