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California caregivers deserve fair pay now

California caregivers deserve fair pay now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7, 2014 Contact: Kim Moore, 619-764-8551 California caregivers deserve fair pay now UDW caregivers expect the State of California to pay overtime despite delayed enforcement by the Department of Labor For 75 years, caregivers have been wrongly denied overtime pay and work protections afforded by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). That’s why we fought for this rule to be changed and welcomed last year’s decision by the Department of Labor to do so. The campaign for fair pay continued earlier this year in California, where homecare providers through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) […]

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AFSCME statement on DOL announcement re: Overtime protections for home care workers

AFSCME statement on DOL announcement re: Overtime protections for home care workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7, 2014 Contact: Erick Sanchez, 202-429-5074 AFSCME supports the administration’s continuing commitment to implementation of overtime protections for home care workers as scheduled. WASHINGTON, DC –AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s announcement concerning the implementation of the overtime rule for home care workers: “We support the administration’s continuing commitment to implementation of overtime protections for home care workers as scheduled. Home care workers finally will be afforded the same overtime protections as the rest of the U.S. workforce beginning Jan 1, 2015. “Home care workers, many of whom are […]

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Labor rights for home care workers

Labor rights for home care workers

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times September 26, 2014 A new rule that will give home care workers basic labor protections is supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. But several states are pushing for delay, saying they need more time to work through how the rule will affect their Medicaid programs, which pay many home care bills. The states have had enough time. The Obama administration, however, appears to be seriously considering a delay of the rule, which should have been put in place long ago. Home care workers have not been covered by minimum wage […]

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I’m a union member because together we fought for overtime pay and we won!

I’m a union member because together we fought for overtime pay and we won!

By Andrea Vidales, caregiver, Merced County This year caregivers faced a limit on our hours that would have disrupted care for our clients and pushed many of us further into poverty. But thanks to our collective strength from coming together as a union, we were able to fight side-by-side with our clients and families to ensure continuity of care and the overtime pay we deserved. Our historic budget win this June, which overturned Governor Brown’s proposal to ban providers from working more than 40 hours per week, should take effect in January 2015. For the first time in history, caregivers […]

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Overtime will help so many of us – let’s stay united!

Overtime will help so many of us – let’s stay united!

By Cindy Chapman, homecare provider from Placer County Seven months ago I was a mom and a care provider just living my daily routine like so many of us. Then the governor announced his plans to cap provider hours at 40 per week, jeopardizing my family’s well-being, and my life changed forever. In addition to being a mother of five, I also became an In-Home Supportive Services advocate and one of the public faces of this fight. Much to my own surprise, I found myself speaking to reporters and testifying in Sacramento at legislative hearings, despite being very nervous about […]

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