FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2014
California caregivers denied dignity with paid sick leave exclusion
Statement from UDW Executive Director Doug Moore on Governor Brown’s signing of AB 1522
“In a line of work that has historically been devalued, paid sick leave would have been a momentous step forward for California caregivers, who often face losing pay because they cannot go to work sick when their clients are especially at risk for infection.
By excluding hundreds of thousands of homecare workers through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS), AB 1522 has effectively created a second class of workers in our state. Rather than show courage, lawmakers have denied dignity to caregivers and the seniors and people with disabilities they serve.
We will not rest until caregivers receive the same rights afforded to all other workers. We successfully fought for and won overtime pay protections for homecare workers in the legislature this year, and we will be back to win paid sick leave and justice for homecare workers.”
United Domestic Workers of America (UDW)/AFSCME Local 3930 is made up of over 65,000 in-home caregivers across the state of California.