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Title

  • Manila Freeman and Vernette Mahone interview conducted by Clare Luz and Khalid Ibrahim, 2018-07-05.

Summary

  • Vernette Mahone and Manila Freeman describe their experiences working as personal care assistants. They were interviewed together in a conference room at the Detroit Public Library's Jefferson Branch. They have often worked together over the years as PCAs, and also engaged in activism on behalf of PCAs--organizing for unionization, better labor conditions, more respect and representation. They have both done organizing work with SEIU across the U.S. and are now involved in a new group called Care Workers in Action. Manila started PCA work with family members then for pay after retiring from her job as a GED Specialist with the Detroit school system. She describes several ideas for advancing the PCA workforce, emphasizing training and education, particularly the need for ability to do math and handle fractions. She and Vernette describe the wide variation of home situations they face including helping clients in unsafe neighborhoods with gang and gun violence. They do it because they love to help people and know that there is a serious need. Many of their clients would not be able to stay at home or would die if it were not for PCA support. Vernette began PCA work when she cared for her mother and she loves it. She expresses anger that PCAs are marginalized for wanting to help others and tells several stories of legislators who opposed improved conditions for PCAs, but who are now reliant on PCAs for their own care. She discusses the need for a PCA Community Center that could help PCAs learn about resources and network with each other.

Names

  • Mahone, Vernette, interviewee.
  • Freeman, Manila, interviewee.
  • Luz, Clare, interviewer.
  • Ibrahim, Khalid (Epidemiologist), interviewer, photographer.
  • Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.

Created / Published

  • 2018-07-05

Headings

  • -  Mahone, Vernette--Interviews
  • -  Freeman, Manila--Interviews
  • -  African Americans--Employment
  • -  Temporary help services
  • -  Violence in the workplace
  • -  Work environment
  • -  Work ethic
  • -  Work-life balance
  • -  Employee rights
  • -  Medical care--Michigan
  • -  Courtesy in the workplace
  • -  Employee morale
  • -  Employees--Training of
  • -  Job stress
  • -  Quality of work life
  • -  Home care services--Michigan

Genre

  • Sound recordings
  • Digital photographs--Color--2010-2020
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Personal narratives

Notes

  • -  Recorded at the Detroit Public Library's Jefferson Branch, Detroit, Michigan, July 5, 2018.
  • -  Personal Home Health Care Aides in Michigan: Archie Green Fellow Project, 2017-2018 (AFC 2017/018: 04640) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.
  • -  In English.

Medium

  • 2 sound files (01:43:47) : digital, wav
  • 5 photographs : digital, jpg, color
  • 1 manuscript : digital, pdf

Source Collection

  • Personal Home Health Care Aides in Michigan: Archie Green Fellow Project, 2017-2018 AFC 2017/018: 04640

Repository

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020655549

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  • Duplication of collection materials may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.

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  • audio
  • pdf

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Chicago citation style:

Mahone, Vernette, Interviewee, Manila Freeman, Clare Luz, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project, Ibrahim, Khalid , Interviewer, photographer. Manila Freeman and Vernette Mahone interview conducted by Clare Luz and Khalid Ibrahim, -07-05. -07-05, 2018. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2020655549/.

APA citation style:

Mahone, V., Freeman, M., Luz, C. & Occupational Folklife Project, S., Ibrahim, K., photographer. (2018) Manila Freeman and Vernette Mahone interview conducted by Clare Luz and Khalid Ibrahim, -07-05. -07-05. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2020655549/.

MLA citation style:

Mahone, Vernette, Interviewee, et al., photographer by Ibrahim, Khalid , Interviewer. Manila Freeman and Vernette Mahone interview conducted by Clare Luz and Khalid Ibrahim, -07-05. -07-05, 2018. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2020655549/>.