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Victory for Home-Care Workers

Rudy López | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Rudy López

All labor has dignity, especially when it enhances the well-being of the sick among us. Protecting the rights of home care workers is to defend the dignity of not only the worker, but the patient as well.

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Minimum Wage For Home-Care Workers

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a Department of Labor rule requiring employment agencies to pay the minimum wage ...

Will 2016 Candidates Stand Up for Home Care Workers?

Laphonza Butler | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Laphonza Butler

Candidates must address the increasing numbers of elders who rely on a quality home care workforce to age with dignity and the dedicated workers who care for them who continue to live without the adequate pay and resources their families need.

Advanced Training for Home Health Aides Is Changing the Way Americans Age in Place

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When Mary, a longtime home health aide, was asked to fill in for one of her colleagues recently, she found that her new client wasn't even attempting ...

Dave Jamieson

Home Care Workers Win Fight For $15

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

Massachusetts home care workers have notched the latest victory in the Fight for $15. Under an agreement Thursday with the office of Gov. Charlie B...

Samantha Lachman

Domestic Worker Groups Announce Alliance At Clinton Global Initiative Conference

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The growing social movement advocating for domestic workers and Care.com, which calls itself the world's largest online care marketplace...

States Consider Better Pay, Benefits For Home Care Workers As Demand Grows

Stateline | Rebecca Beitsch | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

6 Key Facts Everyone Should Know About the Federal Court Case for Home Care Workers

Robert Espinoza | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Espinoza

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments on whether the Labor Department has the authority to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to workers who provide home care assistance to elders and people with disabilities. This federal court case affects all of us.

How to Fix the Economy: Going Beyond GDP and Politics as Usual

Riane Eisler | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

This is the time for forward-looking measures. We cannot fix the economy based on measures such as GDP that look at our world through a rearview mirror.

Home Care Workers Take Fight for $15 to the Ballot Box

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Catherine Ruckelshaus

Unpredictable and part-time hours reduce the earnings of home care workers even further -- as a result, the median take-home pay of home care workers in the U.S. equals just over $17,000 per year.

Dave Jamieson

White House Delays Enforcement Of Minimum Wage, Overtime For Home Care Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department announced Tuesday that it plans to delay its enforcement of new minimum wage and overtime protections for the count...

The Plight of Private Residence Domestic Workers

Ana I. Grande | Posted 12.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana I. Grande

Every worker, regardless of their immigration status, should be protected by the law in so much that her well-being, her dignity as a person seeking the American dream for her family, is never at risk.

Dave Jamieson

White House Might Cave On A New Minimum Wage Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was once part of President Barack Obama's "We Can't Wait" economic agenda. But now the wait might be getting even longer. The Labo...

Big Win in California, But More to Do

Ellen Bravo | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Millions of Californians will have reason to celebrate today after Governor Jerry Brown signs the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act. For 44 percent of the state's population who don't earn a single paid sick day, this will move them a step closer to catching up with the rest of the world.

Jillian Berman

Why This Week's Fast Food Protests Are 'History In The Making'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business

Fast-food workers are the public face of our part-time, low-wage economy. But when they protest on Thursday for higher wages and better conditions, th...

Dave Jamieson

After Brutal SCOTUS Loss, Union Notches Big Win

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

The Service Employees International Union won an election on Tuesday that will make it the representative for 27,000 home care workers in Minnesota --...

Why the Anti-Union Argument Loses Every Time

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It is ugly individualism that underlies the political ideology of the rich industrialists who are spending billions in an effort to shred Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and who are attempting to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Unions are an impediment to their grand scheme, so they're coming after us with a vengeance.

Raising the Floor for Home Care Workers Is Critical to the Nation's Economic Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

In the decades to come, raising the floor for home care workers will become increasingly important. Unfortunately, many of those who take care of our most vulnerable - even full-time workers - are still in poverty.

Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Low wages, debts and dim prospects all subjugate. This is the condition of a shocking number of Americans as income inequality rises. And their economic desperation and subordination occurred by design.

The Supreme Court's Crafty Minefield

Laura Reyes | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

We're going to knock on as many doors and ring as many phones as it takes to make sure that working people are paying attention to the divisive, extremist politics that begin in a city council chamber and lead ultimately to Supreme Court cases like Harris and Hobby Lobby.

3 Reasons Harris v. Quinn Matters to All of Us

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

The Harris v. Quinn ruling on Monday was a huge step backward in the national effort to develop rights and protections for home care workers. It's also a clear call to action for all of us not to become complacent.

States Must Find Way to Do Right by Home Care Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When does justice delayed become justice denied? For the nation's 2 million home care workers, that time may be here. But states have the power to rectify the situation, and they should.

21st Century Lessons Emerge from Chinese Railroad Workers of the Past

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

The choice to make care jobs and other low-wage wage service jobs good jobs will have an impact on generations to come.

Home Care Workers Rely on Unions, and We Rely on Them

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

The progress made by Michigan home care workers since 2005 was undone when legislators decided to exclude them from the state's definition of public employees. Without adequate wages and benefits, the home care workforce is not sustainable.

The State of the Direct Care Worker

Carla Washington | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Carla Washington

Another recurring theme in President Obama's State of the Union address was that progress in America does not stand still -- and neither should our efforts to ensure that direct care workers share in the fruits of the American dream.