Both Mr. and Mrs. Bacon were looking at Adam now, and he knew he had to make some explanation for letting his good land run free. He said, “I guess I’m a lazy man. And my father didn’t help me when he left me enough to get along on without working.” He dropped his eyes but he could feel the relief on the part of the Bacons. It was not laziness if he was a rich man. Only the poor were lazy. Just as only the poor were ignorant. A rich man who didn’t know anything was spoiled or independent.
“Who takes care of the boys?” Mrs. Bacon asked.
Adam laughed. “What taking care of they get, and it isn’t much, is Lee’s work.”
Adam became a little irritated with the questioning. “I only have one man, he said shortly.
“You mean the Chinese we saw?” Mrs. Bacon was shocked.
(John Steinbeck, East of Eden)

Is there any relative pronoun before ‘they get’, omitted?

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No relativizer is required; since a relativizer would replace the object of the verb get it may be omitted (or “replaced with a null relativizer Ø"):

The money which I earn ⇨ The money Ø I earn
The taking care of which they get > the taking care of Ø they get.

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