Posts Tagged Fair Labor Standards Act

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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Reversal of misfortune: Caregivers win overtime

Reversal of misfortune: Caregivers win overtime

By Capital & Main staff, June 19, 2014 If proof is needed that good things happen to people who don’t just wait but act, look no further than Governor Jerry Brown’s agreement, this past week, to allow in-home caregivers to receive overtime pay. Last year his administration had claimed that such overtime, which the federal government had mandated for in-home caregivers, would pose a prohibitive financial burden for California. Then, in January, the governor unveiled a 2014-15 budget that explicitly capped caregivers’ hours at 40 per week for the program, which is administered by the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). […]

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Homecare providers to California governor: Every hour counts

Homecare providers to California governor: Every hour counts

by Olivia Sandbothe, AFSCME Blog June 12, 2014 Home care providers are on the job around the clock because the needs of elders and people with disabilities don’t end after business hours. Until 2013, these workers were excluded from federal laws guaranteeing overtime pay. Thanks to the dedication of AFSCME and its allies, the nation’s fastest-growing profession is starting to catch up to the labor standards that all workers deserve. But the state of California wants to stop that progress. Gov. Jerry Brown decided to set a 40-hour work week for providers who are employed through the state’s In-Home Supportive […]

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Make history: value caregivers

Make history: value caregivers

By Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, for the Ventura Star Women’s History Month is an opportunity not just to reflect on how far we’ve come but to look at how far we have to go and check whether we are making progress. Unfortunately, women’s progress is stuck in second gear. The wage gap remains; in fact, it widened in California from 2005 to 2012, dropping from 90 cents to 86 cents for every dollar men earn for equal work. Women who are middle-aged and older are not sharing equally in the recovery and are struggling in the job market. And women who […]

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