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Posted on: May 20, 2019

The new mother lode of the labor force is working mothers and grandmothers.

Mother's Day was just over a week ago, and while many had wonderful celebrations spent at home with their families, a good chunk still had to work on that day to make ends meet, including many grandmothers.

It's no surprise considering twenty percent of women currently in the workforce will have to work past the age of retirement.

The fastest growing segment of the American workforce is women aged 65-84. By 2024, there will be 6.3 million working women over the age of 65 with 800,000 of those in California.

Many of these women will have supported families by working long careers in hospitality, manufacturing, education, health, agriculture and other industries with high rates of injuries.

According to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, men's injury risk decreases as they age, but women's risk of suffering cumulative trauma work injuries increases as they get older. Working women over the age of 55 have a 50 percent higher injury rate.

Do you think women between 64 and 85 are more vulnerable to cumulative trauma injuries? Have the CT "reformers" and their political enablers said a word about this?

We can't let older working mothers and grandmothers become the mother lode of savings for insurance companies looking to pad their profits by eliminating this vital lifeline.

We hope their mothers are watching.