Sara Lonardo

Issued March 31, 2021

SEIU’s Henry: American Jobs Plan will be a game-changer for tackling racial, economic inequality

Puts care on equal footing with physical infrastructure for first time


San Francisco, Calif. - Services Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement applauding inclusion of a landmark investment in caregiving in the American Job Plan President Biden announced today:

“The American Jobs Plan will be a game-changer for tackling racial and economic inequality. In addition to creating millions of new green jobs, President Biden today proposed a $400 billion investment in care, which would transform the lives of not just individual families but entire communities. Encouraging the ability of home care workers in every state to join together in a union will turn poverty jobs into living wage jobs with secure benefits. A jobs program has never been focused on an industry that is primarily composed of women of color. President Biden has clearly heard the demand of these women - and millions of other essential workers - to be respected, protected and paid, and is responding with the boldness and clarity that matches this moment.”