The job of the charitable sector is to fight poverty, not create it. Someone should mention that to the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Bravo to the SEIU for calling attention to the issue with a one-day strike of child-care workers.
In the wake of the West Virginia teachers’ successful job action, it seems like unions are getting their groove back–and not a minute too soon. Nonprofits that object to unionization have a simple alternative: pay people better, and treat them better, too.
For too long the sector has made up for a lack of financial capital by consuming human capital. (Back in the day, it was the unwaged labor of women. Now, it’s the under-waged labor, mostly of women, mostly of women of color.) Either way, those days ought to be over.