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Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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 07.04.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 05.16.2014 | 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.

Dave Jamieson

The Real State Of The Union For Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "The state of our union is strong," President Obama will tell the country tonight, echoing a sentiment shared by nearly every executive ...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Secretary: More Employers Need To Emulate Costco

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Count Labor Secretary Thomas Perez among the many admirers of Costco. In a speech in the nation's capital on poverty Tuesday, Perez s...

The Wait Is Over: 2 Million Home Care Workers No Longer Excluded From Minimum Wage

Jodi M. Sturgeon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jodi M. Sturgeon

For the women who do this work, this has meant decades of physical and emotional labor that has been undervalued and underpaid. The work itself is considered "unskilled" despite the fact that most of us would have no clue how to safely move a 90-year-old from bed to chair or help a person with Alzheimer's avoid fear and frustration.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Finally Delivers On Promise To Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a move that will change working conditions for two million Americans, the Labor Department announced Tuesday the enactment of a new r...

After 75 Years, Minimum Wage Protections Still Elude Home Care Workers

Sarah Leberstein | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Sarah Leberstein

One of our nation's cornerstone workplace laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, turned 75 this week. America's roughly 2.5 million home care workers might not be celebrating the anniversary, however.

Dave Jamieson

A Promise From Obama To Workers Still Unfulfilled

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In December of 2011, President Barack Obama stood at the White House alongside a group of home care workers and announced that his admin...

Thinking of Home Care Workers on Mother's Day

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The need for home care workers is dramatically increasing with each passing year. Yet, low wages, long hours and no benefits will continue to drive more workers out of these important jobs. The tragic result will be more Americans with disabilities denied the services they need.

Dave Jamieson

Workers Still Waiting On White House's 'We Can't Wait' Initiative

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A year ago President Barack Obama stood with a group of home care aides and announced that his administration would be extending to them...

VP Debate: We Can All Agree...

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

Elections must be about more than polls and he-said versus he-said horse race analysis. No matter how petty our politics may seem, ideas still matter -- especially to the people whose lives those ideas directly impact.

Let's Not Make Home Care Workers Wait Any Longer for Their Rights

Lateef McLeod | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Lateef McLeod

Last December President Obama announced a new rule that would guarantee home care workers the right to minimum wage and overtime pay through the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which has excluded them ever since it was passed in 1938. The rule has not yet been finalized.

Affordable Care Act Helps Working Families

Laphonza Butler | Posted 08.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

The Supreme Court's ruling upholds something that we have all known: a person's ability to stay healthy should not be a privilege for the few but a right for all.

As Helping Hands for Elders, Home Care Workers Push for Respect

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

For millions of aging households, a home care worker is the only person who provides the day-to-day assistance and emotional interaction they need to function. Yet, typically, that worker is neglected herself -- by the government.

A Day in the Life of a Domestic Worker

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.13.2012 | Business
Arlene M. Roberts

Despite the surge in demand for and corresponding growth in the workforce, home care workers remain one of the most vulnerable groups in the labor market. But that can soon change.