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GritTV Cooperative Series: Beyond Care Childcare Cooperative

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Domestic workers, such as housekeepers, home care aides, and nannies help with the day-to-day upkeep of family life. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 90% of home care health aides are women, 56% percent are women of color and 28% are foreign born having migrated from Latin America and the Caribbean. In a culture where women’s waged labor has been devalued and women’s unwaged labor has been taken for granted, the Beyond Care Childcare Cooperative provides the first steps to an antidote. This women-run, mostly immigrant, cooperative, helps childcare workers gain some traction in the form of worker protection, a living wage and regaining personal time. Currently excluded from the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers of domestic workers are not required to pay a minimum wage or overtime. While there are organizations and groups around the country who are campaigning on the rights of domestic workers to be included under FLSA, the women of Beyond Care, in the meantime, are taking matters into their own hands.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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