UCLA Labor Center

Child Care for Garment Workers

Garment Worker


The UCLA Labor Center, the Garment Workers Center (GWC), and the worker-owned cooperative Research Action Design (RAD), collaborated as a research team to survey garment workers in Los Angeles to identify the challenges and barriers they experience when accessing child care. Between December, 2013, and March, 2014, garment workers and UCLA students in the Labor Studies Minor surveyed more than 80 garment workers in Los Angeles, which employs more garment workers than any city in the country.

This survey was part of a larger study funded by the Ms. Foundation to examine the ways in which low-wage workers access child care, one of the primary barriers to continuous employment for families across low-wage industries. The survey gathered information about the child care needs of garment workers to influence policies that make child care more accessible for parents.

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