Support Home Care Workers on September 21st
Silvia Gonzalez of Houston, Texas is a home care worker. She loves her work and she knows that her support makes it possible for her client to live with dignity at home. But she’s not entitled to the overtime and minimum wage protections that other American workers have. She explains:
“As a care worker, you care as if that person was part of your family. You get worried for them and as a result, you tend to stay late, after your shift ends, to make sure they're cared for because things can happen to them at any time. . . . You put your heart into the work that you're doing, not just because you’re getting paid – it's as though the woman I care for was my own grandmother.”
More than 2.5 million home care workers in the United States support our families, neighbors and communities -- without the right to earn minimum wage or overtime pay. Right now, the federal government is considering changes to the labor regulations that would guarantee home care workers these basic protections. But huge for-profit home care companies are lobbying hard in Congress to prevent the changes from going into effect and improving the lives of millions of home care workers across the United States.
On September 21st we're going to send a clear message to Congress that the people of the United States are ready to end the exclusion of home care workers from labor laws. Will you join us by visiting or calling your senator on the 21st? Click here to find out how you can be part of the day of action.
The proposed changes to the regulations are an important step forward for the millions of home care workers, the millions of Americans who live at home because of home care workers, and their families and communities.
Won't you join Silvia in taking a stand against injustice and winning minimum wage and overtime for home care workers on September 21st? Click here to RSVP.