California homecare workers demand equal rights despite court ruling

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

California homecare workers demand equal rights despite court ruling

Sacramento – Today, a district court in Washington D.C. issued a temporary restraining order to halt the Department of Labor’s rules that extend overtime pay and other wage protections to homecare workers starting on January 1, 2015. Homecare workers in California’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to uphold the state’s commitment to pay overtime, despite today’s action by a federal judge.

“It is appalling that the for-profit homecare industry and its wealthy backers brought this court case to deny dignity to the workers who provide compassionate and lifesaving care to seniors and Americans with disabilities,” said Doug Moore, UDW Executive Director. “We expect the Brown Administration to uphold its commitment to homecare workers and pay overtime.”

In 2014 IHSS providers and homecare advocates secured funding in the state budget for overtime pay. SB 855, which spells out the implementation of the Department of Labor rules in California, was passed and signed into law by Governor Brown.

“Homecare work is real work, and the Brown Administration should do everything in its power to ensure equal rights and treatment for homecare workers and clients,” added Moore.

United Domestic Workers of America (UDW)/AFSCME Local 3930 is a homecare union made up of over 66,000 in-home caregivers across the state of California. UDW caregivers provide care through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS), which allows hundreds of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities to stay safe and healthy at home.

 

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