Social work is at a crossroads. As a new generation of social workers move towards graduation and entrance into the profession, we face a unique conundrum. Millennials overall are earning less despite being the best educated generation in history. We are struggling to pay student loans and are widely expected to be the first generation to fare worse than our parents. We know from our own struggles this is not for lack of effort. Continue reading “Social Work for a New Generation”
This year has seen many important victories for working people. The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act which has made basic health care more accessible, New York is poised to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15, and Montgomery County made history by passing the strongest paid sick leave bill in the country. With so much good news, one might mistake the current paradigm as some kind of workers’ paradise.
Recently, Kenneth Holt, the appointed secretary of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development told an audience that the state’s laws regarding lead paint exposure should be loosened because mothers could intentionally expose their children to lead in order to receive compensation. Not only did he mischaracterize the level of compensation to which victims of residential lead exposure are entitled, but he later acknowledged he did not know of any case in which this had occurred.