Direct Care Workers in the News

A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor would raise the minimum wage for VA hospital CNAs and other federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

A new guidance and updated fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Labor help states make sure home care workers are paid fairly under the minimum wage and overtime rule.

Another excellent editorial from the New York Times on why U.S. Department of Labor must resist pressure to delay implementing the minimum wage and overtime rule for home care workers.

Home care worker Maureen Lewis on why we must improve the lives of the next generation by improving wages for direct care workers

Another good editorial about the destructive effects of the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision.

Home care workers in Connecticut appreciate the small raises the union has won and the bigger gains it is fighting for.

More on home care aides and other health care workers in Ohio who have been forced to quit after going without pay for weeks when insurance companies are brought in to process claims.

Canadian personal support workers call their $1.50 wage hike a breath of relief.

A nice feature on Lisa Gurgone and her hard—and successful—work to raise wages for home health aides in Massachusetts.

DCA board member Timothy Doe on why home care workers must not be denied the right to minimum wage and overtime pay any longer.

Pregnancy discrimination is worst for women in low-wage fields—and the most claims are filed by women in health care and social assistance professions.

An Indonesian home care worker says she was never paid and was prevented from leaving the home where she works.

A home care worker struggling to support three children is featured in this report on part-time workers who want to be full-time.

In Japan as in the U.S., many older workers are attracted to direct care jobs.

An attempt by personal care assistants in Minnesota to unionize is jeopardized by what the governor’s press secretary calls an “extremist right-wing group.”

A Bangor Daily News reporter spends a day with a home care worker to show what she does and why it matters.

Direct workers must be properly paid and professionally recognized, says The Guardian.

Direct care workers are among “the most underutilized and undervalued members of the healthcare workforce,” says a report from The Brookings Institution.

Income inequality is a women’s issue: women are overrepresented in direct care and other low-wage jobs.