Home Attendants Call On First Chinese Presbyterian to Pay for All Hours They Worked
FCP workers will invite all home attendants to join them in demanding stolen wages, and ending mandatory 24-hour shifts
When: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 11 a.m.
Where: In front of 30 Broad Street (location of FCP office), Manhattan, 10002
Home attendants who have worked as many as two decades for First Chinese Presbyterian Community Affairs Home Attendant Corp. (FCP) caring for elderly and ill patients in their homes, filed a lawsuit against FCP. Most of these workers were forced to work 24-hour shifts for as many as seven days a week, but paid for only 12 or 13 of these hours. The workers were also denied overtime pay.
The patients of these home attendants have been approved by Medicaid to receive 24-hour care because of the acuteness of their needs. Many need to have their pampers changed, be turned over in their beds, given water or medication, or taken to the bathroom. Many are at risk for falling. Others have Alzheimer’s and wander. The home attendants are on call all night and most cannot sleep.
Despite this around-the-clock work, the FCP home attendants are paid only $10 or $11 an hour, and, despite being members of 1199, have not received a raise in eight years. When workers decline to work 24-hour shifts, they are told there is no work, or given few hours. Many workers have also suffered debilitating injuries on the job.
Joined by workers from Chinese American Planning Council and workers from other agencies, the FCP home attendants will demand that FCP resolve their case immediately by paying the workers their owed wages. They will invite home attendants from all agencies to join them in recouping stolen wages, and in demanding that workers be paid for all the hours that they work and not be obligated to work 24-hour shifts.