Women Speak Out Against Long Hours

Group interview with Lai Yee Chan, Ruixiang Pan, Qunxiang Ling, Ruiling Huang, Huiliing Chen:

I don’t clean and organize my own home anymore, I only clean the home of the elderly woman whom I work for. Her home is nice and neat, but my home is a mess. If you don’t clean and organize the patient’s homes, if the patient falls, you will be the one responsible. When you work 24 hours at a time for many days, you are not well rested. Then you become hot tem pered and if you’re married you get into arguments with your spouse. Some people are getting divorced because of this. When you become aggressive and hot tempered, of course, it will affect family relationships. You don’t care about your children anymore. Your emotional connection with the children is gone.

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Justice For Home Care Workers Campaign Ramps Up

Home attendants care for sick and elderly Medicaid patients throughout the state, and are often forced to work 24-hour shifts up to 7days a week. If they refuse, many employers retaliate with a reduced schedule or by assigning difficult cases. Their average pay is $10-11 per hour. To add insult to injury, the agencies only pay them 13 out of 24 hours. At the end of the day their pay is far below the minimum wage.

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Video: Patients are coming together with workers to demand more Medicaid

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