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Extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers!
  • Petitioned Barack Obama

This petition was delivered to:

President of the United States
Barack Obama

Extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers!

    1. Petition by

      Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI)

September 2013


Victory! The Department of Labor has announced that--after almost 40 years of exclusion--home care workers in all fifty states will finally be covered by federal minimum wage and overtime law. This is a great advance for women (who comprise 90% of the workforce) and ensures that America’s fastest-growing occupation is better prepared to recruit and retain good workers. Thank you to all who supported our campaign. Because we stood together and raised our voices, there will now be better jobs for the two million workers that provide essential services to our nation’s elders and people with disabilities.

President Obama has said IT'S TIME to extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. 

We agree! It’s time to provide basic labor protections to our nation’s fastest-growing workforce--and one that is vital to the health and well-being of America’s families.

These workers assist older Americans and people with disabilities with activities critical to their safety, independence, and quality of life. Yet half of these workers rely on public assistance to meet the basic needs of their own families.

The time to act is now.

Sign this petition and tell President Obama we support him in carrying these long-overdue minimum wage and overtime reforms across the finish line today.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • India Kerr BEAVERTON, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      The most important work in the world is caregiving. Caregivers are necessary for people who are unable to take care of themselves. It is not easy work and it is not being a "companion." While there can be a good relationship between the caregiver and those being care for, the basis of the relationship is a working relationship. Therefore, caregivers require the same protections that any other worker has.

    • Richard Veazey DAYTONA BEACH, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a homecare worker and a registered voter.

    • Elizabeth Fox WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 1 year ago


    • Joan Tessier LAKELAND, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      I am paid just over minimum wage where I work but have not had a raise in 5 yrs. The minimum wage needs to be raised. Who can live on $7.50 and hour. Caregiving is an important job, deserves more pay and needs to be properly recognized as the demand goes up.

    • Nancy Gruver EMERYVILLE, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I've been both a nanny and an employer of home care workers. These basic labor protections for the people providing critical services to families need to be enacted. The sooner the better!


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