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가치 혁명 | 새로운 경제에 공감을 불어넣다

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 3:35 PM

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우리 경제가 어떻게 변하고 있는지에 대해, 특히 디지털 혁명에 대해 글이 쏟아지고 있습니다. 변화하는 경제는 완전히 새로운 방식의 구성과 협업, 역동적인 가능성, 그리고 문제 해결을 향한 끝없는 갈증으로 정의됩니다.

그러나 가장 중요한 질문이 남았습니다. 문제를 누구를 위해, 누구와 함께...

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The Values Revolution: Embedding Empathy in the New Economy

(10) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 11:04 AM

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Much has been written about how our economy is changing, particularly in light of the digital revolution. This economy is defined by entirely new ways of organizing and working together, by an energizing sense of possibility, and by a seemingly insatiable thirst for...

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A Message from the White House Conference on Aging: Value Our Elders and Those Who Care for Them

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, which will swiftly be followed by the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Yesterday, I was honored to join hundreds at the White House Conference on Aging to celebrate these key programs and...

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Burning the Candle at Both Ends: A Reflection on Work in America

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Co-authored by Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

Earlier this week we celebrated Labor Day, which was established to celebrate workers and their contributions to the strength and prosperity of the country. We celebrate teachers, nurses, restaurant workers, firefighters, and domestic workers, among innumerable other roles that...

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On Women's Equality Day, All Lives Matter

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 6:17 PM

Crossposted from the Ms. Blog

Co-authored by Alicia Garza, Special Projects Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Today, we join thousands of women across the country to commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Ending...

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21st Century Lessons Emerge from Chinese Railroad Workers of the Past

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Railroad workers fought racial discrimination, low wages and poor conditions 150 years ago. Today, Americans can avoid the same mistakes for home-care workers.

Last month, I attended the induction of Chinese Railroad workers into the Department of Labor's Labor Hall of Fame. Bringing together descendants of the railway...

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Home Care Workers Rely on Unions, and We Rely on Them

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Union membership ensures the wellbeing of home care workers and those they care for. By endorsing de-unionization, the Wall Street Journal belittles the support caregivers provide our loved ones everyday.

All of us, at some point in our lives, will need care. The vast majority of us -...

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Human Trafficking Does Not Occur in a Vacuum

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 1:33 PM

The National Domestic Workers Alliance, the International Domestic Workers Federation, and the Africa Domestic Workers Network stand with the young women abducted in Nigeria and their families.* We are organizations that represent women workers in the United States and Africa -- we care about the human rights of women and...

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Inequality in America: A Tale of Two Stories

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 10:01 AM

There are two stories that try to explain the crush of inequality in our country -- two explanations for why inequality is increasing and too many Americans are desperately poor or barely getting by.

One version of the story is that poor people are somehow inferior or lazy compared...

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Building a Caring Economy

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:32 PM

Anna, a Filipino live-in nanny in Manhattan, begins her workday at 6 a.m. when the children wake up, and ends around 10 p.m. when she puts the children to bed and finishes cleaning the kitchen. Like many domestic workers, Anna's pay is low; she was promised $1,500 a month but...

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Aging Candidates, Caring Voters

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 1:38 PM

When Governor Mitt Romney turned 65 this year, he officially joined the ranks of America's seniors. At 51, President Barack Obama might be a bit younger, but he is not too far behind the mark. While the presidential campaign has proven to be perpetually partisan, which voters saw again in...

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VP Debate: We Can All Agree...

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 12:38 AM

Joe Biden is 69 years old. Paul Ryan is 42. And clearly in tonight's vice presidential debate they disagreed about a hundred things. But, notably, there's one thing this intergenerational coupling agreed about -- that Medicare and Social Security are essential to America's seniors and next generations. In fact, both...

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Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights

(19) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 6:46 PM

By Richard Trumka and Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

Domestic workers around the world have been organizing for years to secure decent wages, benefits and recognition.

This past summer, domestic workers and their allies celebrated a major global victory after the Philippines joined Uruguay in becoming...

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DEBATE: It's About More Than Medicare...

(16) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 1:08 AM

Americans watching tonight's debate would think the only thing seniors and soon-to-be seniors care about is social security and Medicare. But the 79 million baby boomers who are turning 65 in the next 10 years desperately need home care workers to allow them to age at home with...

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Debate Questions: Let the People Decide

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 11:21 AM

Who gets to decide what questions are asked at the presidential debates? The debate commission gets a say, so does the debate moderator. Even the candidates themselves get input, agreeing to what questions will not be asked when the sign contracts to participate in the debates.

But we, the...

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Domestic Workers Deserve Respect, Governor Brown Sign AB 889

(5) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 5:19 PM

It is difficult to imagine being forced to work sixteen to twenty-four hour days with no lunch break, rest, or sleep; or being required to stay at the worksite around the clock just in case an assignment unexpectedly comes up. Add to that no right to overtime pay and you...

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A Supreme Ruling

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 3:31 PM

Even at age 57, Chief Justice John Roberts, the second-youngest member of the Supreme Court, wisely decided to uphold the Affordable Care Act and the health care interests of millions of seniors in America last Thursday.

When President Obama was elected, 88 percent of Americans -- including my 87 year-old...

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By Allowing Racial Profiling in Arizona, the Supreme Court Undermines the Well-Being of Women and Families

(47) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 5:06 PM

We are relieved that on Monday the Supreme Court blocked some provisions of SB1070, Arizona's extreme anti-immigrant law, but we're deeply concerned about the part of the law that has been upheld: Section 2B, which requires law enforcement agents to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for any...

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Looking Out for Homecare Workers, Looking Out for Our Future

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 5:45 PM

It used to be that the things you could count on in life were birth, death and taxes. To that list, most of us can add relying upon others in our later years. While we all would like to see ourselves staying as healthy as possible and aging gracefully, even...

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Paying Off Our Real Debt

(7) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 4:18 PM

Kimi Lee's mother did everything right. She saved all her life, had two health insurance policies, was a member of a union. Then, during a trip to see her newborn granddaughter, she suffered a stroke. Her family did their best to cope: Kimi and her family moved to Los Angeles...

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