In 2013, the Obama Administration issued a new rule that helps bridge the gap of inequality for low-wage home care workers by giving them the same overtime protections as other workers and ensure the continued delivery of quality care.
And in 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown followed suit and signed a bill into law allowing home care workers to earn overtime, wait time and travel time pay for the first time in history. Many of these workers are among the working poor, and earn less than $10 per hour. 80% of these workers are women, and 70% are women of color – and these new labor protections would help lift many of them out of poverty.
But just hours before they were due to go into effect, the for-profit home care industry succeeded in temporarily halting these overtime protections in federal court. Now, home care workers are calling on Governor Brown to do the right thing and move forward as planned in California.
Stand up for equality and for California's seniors, people with disabilities, and all home care workers. Urge Governor Brown to move forward with overtime, wait time and travel time pay.
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Hundreds of thousands of seniors and Californians with disabilities receive quality in-home care through the state's In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) and the dedicated home care workers who serve them.
I urge you to stand up for equality and for California's seniors, people with disabilities, and all home care workers and move forward with your plan to provide these workers overtime, wait time, and travel pay.
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