Video: The Story Behind Home Attendants Fighting Back

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Press Conference and Celebration: Home Attendants Win Right to Demand 24 hours pay for  24 hours Worked

Wednesday, 9/20, 3:00pm

Chinese Staff and Workers Association, 345 Grand Street between Ludlow and Essex

Within the last month, the New York State Appellate court issued precedent-setting decisions in three cases, making the law clear:  it is illegal for employers to pay only 12 hours for the 24 hour shifts worked by many home attendants.
Home attendants from Chinese Planning Council (CPC) and First Chinese Presbyterian (FCP) have been fighting against their employers to recover stolen wages.
Home attendants in these cases were forced by employers to work grueling 24 hour shifts, and were only paid for 12 hours of work. When workers went to their union, 1199 SEIU, to complain, the union not only ignored them, but went as far as to help the employers by signing a new collective bargaining agreement that prevents the workers from having their day in court. Home attendants never gave up–instead they reached out to workers from other cases to continue fighting.
Join us, together with home attendants from CPC, FCP, Human Care and United Jewish Council and workers from other agencies, both union and non-union, this Wednesday afternoon to announce and celebrate this important victory for home attendants across New York State! 
Together, we will urge thousands of other home care workers to come forward to assert their rights and demand that these agencies and insurance companies immediately stop their illegal practices and right their wrongs by compensating the workers for all lost wages now.

To learn more, contact the Ain’t I a Woman Campaign c/o NMASS (English, Spanish, French) at 212-358- 0295 and c/o CSWA (Chinese) at 212-334- 2333.

*The decisions were issued in the cases of Adriana Moreno v Future Care Health Services, Inc., Lilya Andryeyeva v New York Health Care, Inc. and Nina Tokhtaman v Human Care, LLC

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Video: Care, Work, Time & Family–Challenges & Solutions

Check out this video of a roundtable discussion “Care, Work, Time & Family–Challenges & Solutions” featured at the 2017 AAAS Conference. Hear how home care workers and students can unite and fight against sweatshops! Support the fight for the right to 40-hours workweek and the fight against mandatory overtime!


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De-Mystifying “Medicaid Redesign”

Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 4.03.34 PM.pngHome care agencies claim there is not enough money to hire more workers to cover the 24-hour shifts and not enough money to pay the overtime wages. They point fingers at Medicaid, while at the state level, Gov. Cuomo takes pride in slashing Medicaid funds and funneling them to insurance companies.

• Home attendant work is paid for by Medicaid funds. Medicaid fun ding responsibility is broken down into Federal: 50%, NY State: 35%, each county: 15%
• Before 2011, Medicaid funds used to be administered by the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) for Medicaid patients in NYC.
• In 2011, Governor Cuomo rede signed Medicaid to allow funds to be managed by insurance compa nies through a Managed Long Term Care network, cutting out HRA. The insurance com panies only approve pa tients for home care hours after rigorous evaluation to determine if the patient requires constant care.
• To win 1199SEIU’s for cutting $1 billion from Medicaid in his 2011 Medicaid Rede-
sign, Cuomo agreed to bail out the union’s insurance fund to the tune of $50Million.
• Insurance companies are increasingly being sued for cutting the hours of homecare for clients. The less care they provide, the more profit they make.

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