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NY1 Reports: Home Attendants Demand Cuomo Stand With Workers!

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:

English-language coverage

Spanish-language coverage

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Press Conference, Friday, 1/5

Come join us this coming Friday to challenge Governor Cuomo’s recent attack against working people.  Cuomo portrays himself as a supporter of immigrants, but in truth, he is an exploiter of workers, especially immigrants, women and people of color.

In October 2017, Cuomo’s Department of Labor issued new regulations  that legalize a 24 hour work day for home attendants, eleven of which are UNPAID. These inhuman regulations represent a brutal attack against the predominantly immigrant women that do this vital work caring for our aging, sick and disabled friends and family.

But we are fighting back! We are members of the Justice for Home Care Workers Campaign. On Friday, January 5th, our legal representatives will be arguing our challenge to these regulations at the Industrial Board of Appeals at 75 Varick Street in Manhattan, and we will be there. Join us to ensure that the voices of workers, patients, family members and friends in the senior, disabled and health care communities are heard that day!

Where: New York State Department of Labor, 75 Varick Street in Lower Manhattan

When: Friday, January 5th

Time: 11am press conference, 12 noon hearing

for more info, call us at 212-358-0295 or read more here

 

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Cuomo: Stop Government-Sponsored Sweatshops!

Cuomo’s Department of Labor has issued new regulations that legalizes the 24-hour work day for home attendants and says nighttime work is free. These inhuman regulations represent a brutal attack against the predominantly immigrant women that do this vital caretaking work.

For more than two years, home attendants from Chinese Planning Council (CPC) and First Chinese Presbyterian (FCP) have been organizing against their employers to recover stolen wages. Home attendants in these cases were forced by employers to work grueling 24- hour shifts, and were  paid for only 12 or 13 hours of work.. These home attendants reached out to workers from other agencies to join together to assert their rights.

In August and September of 2017, a court ruled in three separate cases making the law clear: home attendants working 24-hour shifts have the right to be paid for every hour worked. Home attendants celebrated this victory and called on still more workers to come forward to put a stop to forced overtime and exploitation in this industry. Home attendants are uniting to demand that home care agencies pay back all of the owed wages from years of unpaid hours of 24-hour shifts NOW and put a stop to this illegal practice immediately.

Hot on the heels of this legal victory and worker organizing, Cuomo’s administration is colluding with insurance companies and the homecare industry to steer this country back to enslaving workers around the clock. Cuomo’s new regulations are an attack on workers, on immigrant women, on patients and their families, and on the NYS courts.

These illegal and inhuman regulations hurt women workers and their patients because when forced to work 24-hours a day, home attendants  are sleep deprived, stressed and separated for long stretches from their home and families. These regulations make it clear whose side Cuomo is on–the side of the bosses who are profiting off the exploitation of women and other workers.

Join us to demand that Cuomo stop the attack on women workers and:

 

  • Honor and support the court decisions that home attendants working 24-hour shifts should be paid for 24 hours
  • Prohibit 24-hour workdays–instead, provide split shifts to allow home attendants time to rest and patients to receive proper care
  • Withdraw the DOL regulations

 

Get Involved!

  • If you’re an organization, you can endorse the Justice For Homecare Workers Project
  • If you’re an individual, you can sign and spread the petition

 

 

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