Watch the NY1 Noticias coverage of our May 9 Protest at the NYS Department of Labor here.
English translation below:
By Spectrum Noticias NY1 | May 9, 2018 @7:32 PM
A group of home care workers sue the State Department of Labor for a regulation they consider unfair.
Employees are against an emergency resolution by the agency, for which they are paid only 13 hours of work, when in fact, according to them they work 24 hours.
The measure of the labor department, according to the demonstrators, represents an infraction of the labor laws of the State, forcing the workers to stay 24-hour shifts, without remuneration for the hours worked during the night.
For some, regulation affects both employees and patients.
“Nowadays what I have found is that I can not do anything practically, because I have the whole nervous system damaged, the dream, everything,” said one worker.
“When I worked 24 hours, it was like I was in a jail, it’s depressing, they gave me very difficult cases,” said a former worker.
“We only want to work 12 hours, which are 12 and 12, so that we can rest”, added another worker.
According to the protesters, city agencies are instructing workers not to respond to the needs of patients at night and call 911 if there is an emergency.
On Friday, 1/5, home attendants, women’s and patients advocates, and members of the Ain’t I A Woman Campaign held a press conference in front of the NYS Department of Labor to demand that Governor Cuomo rescind new Department of Labor regulations that legalize the 24-hour work day and the nonpayment of half those hours. Friday marked the opening arguments of the campaign’s petition to the NYS Industrial Board of Appeals (IBA) to challenge these regulations.
Check out the coverage of the event in NY1: