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Academics on Employee Free Choice: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Labor Law Reform

Since the late 1990s, unions have organized hundreds of thousands of direct-care workers, mostly in publicly funded homecare. This paper documents the positive effect of unionization on wages and benefits, and the unions’ leadership in policy innovation to upgrade and stabilize the homecare workforce. The report argues that the voice of an organized workforce is key to improving direct-support jobs in order to mitigate the long-term care workforce crisis, both through collective bargaining and through partnerships for state and national policy advocacy