Home care workers urge the NYS Court of Appeals to reject inhuman working conditions and uphold the lower court decision
February 12, 2019, 1pm
front of NYS Court of Appeals, 20 Eagle Street, Albany, NY
Home attendants, other workers and supporters from across the state will call on the NYS Court of Appeals for long-overdue justice: to be paid for all 24 hours of a 24-hour shift. The court will hear opening arguments for ANDRYEYEVA v NEW YORK HEALTH CARE and MORENO v FUTURE CARE HEALTH SERVICES, INC., two cases in which home attendants who worked 24-hour shifts are demanding pay for all hours they worked. For years, these home attendants only received pay for 12 or 13 hours for a 24 hour workday. Lower courts have ruled in both cases that home attendants are entitled to all 24 hours of pay.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed State Budget 2019 would shut down an important program for home attendants and people needing home care and their families. Through the State Budget, which proposes to de-fund the CONSUMER DIRECTED PERSONAL ASSISTANCE (CDPA) Program, Governor Cuomo is hurting the health and welfare of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who give and receive home care. The CDPA Program allows New Yorkers to choose and pay a home attendant of their liking, including family members, who often already bear the brunt of care-giving responsibilities. Without this program, many New Yorkers would not be able to get the care they need and deserve, and home attendants – many of whom are family members – will not be able to survive. This is just another attempt to shift the burden of care onto fewer and fewer workers, for less and less pay. Workers who already have to work 24-hour shifts will have to put in longer hours.
Join us to fight back. What New York needs is not less care but more.
We call on Governor Cuomo to fully fund home care, so that people can receive all the care that they need.
We call on Governor Cuomo to declare a 24-hour workday illegal: people requiring 24 hours of care should be provided split shifts of 12 hours each to allow home attendants and family caregivers time to rest and people with illnesses and disabilities to receive proper care.
Call us today at 212-358-0295 to learn more and find out how you can get involved!
This week we share an article describing the protests by students and workers in Hungary against what they are calling a “slave law” – this new law allows companies to force up to 400 hours of overtime per year. Right here in NY, Governor Cuomo is forcing home attendants to work 24 hour days, or 24-hour shifts for 5-6 days a week. That’s up to 104 hours of overtime per week. Let’s build a movement starting here to stop mandatory overtime practices once and for all!