Nearly 2.3 million home care workers receive only $16,200 annually – now some are using union organizing and legislative efforts to better conditions

“Even working three jobs I still have to live check to check because my wages are not enough,” said Adarra Benjamin, who has worked as a home care worker in Chicago since she graduated high school seven years ago.

Benjamin, 25, currently works to care for three different clients, with her work day starting around 7am and ending at 11pm, seven days a week. Her hourly pay ranges from $13 to $13.48 an hour, depending on the client.

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