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Direct Care Workers in the News

Posted by on July 16th, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Comments Off on Direct Care Workers in the News

A new rule proposed by US DOL 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 U.S. Department of Labor help states make sure home care workers are paid fairly under the minimum wage and overtime rule.

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

A family member, National Nurses United and a professor of labor and employment studies on the disaster that is the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn ruling.

A small raise for Massachusetts home care aides is a step in the right direction, but there’s a long way to go yet. Continue reading »

Direct Care Workers in the News

Posted by on May 29th, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Comments Off on Direct Care Workers in the News

The Massachusetts Senate is deciding whether to give home care workers a much-needed raise.

Watch this excellent program from NJTV’s Due Process about why home care workers and other low-wage workers need paid time off.

Contract workers are a fast-increasing percentage of the workforce, in direct care and elsewhere—and that’s a worrisome trend.

Let’s not let technology run amok: A reminder that robots can never take the place of human beings in the very personal business of direct care work.

The Library of Congress is funding research on home health care workers by a University of Oregon team.

A heroic direct care worker saved 20 residents after fire broke out in an adult foster care home in Detroit.

The mammoth national Home Instead Senior Care franchise is bringing staff training online.

A home care worker in England is threatening to sue for being issued a parking ticket while visiting a client.

Direct Care Workers in the News

Posted by on January 14th, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Comments Off on Direct Care Workers in the News

A federal appeals court ruled against a nursing home that fired a pregnant nursing assistant. Meanwhile, another home in Michigan put a pregnant worker on forced unpaid leave.

California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget would prohibit overtime hours for IHSS home care workers.

Dozens of home care workers in San Francisco won $800,000 in back pay through the city’s Wage Theft Ordinance.

Direct care workers in Massachusetts are getting their first raise in five years.

Why developing the right organizational culture is so important for home care providers.

A Toronto personal support worker explains how hard it is to make a living in her profession.

My Friend Kevin

Posted by on May 15th, 2012 at 9:23 am | 4 Comments »

Tina and Kevin

I would like to tell you about my friend Kevin.

Kevin was born in the late 1950s with a condition we now refer to as autism. Since autism wasn’t widely known until decades later, Kevin was more than likely simply labeled as “retarded.” He came from a fairly large family and went to school until he was around ten years old.

After this, Kevin’s history is spotty at best because he was mostly hidden from the outside world. His extended family described him as the “wild boy,” left to his own devices much of the time and roaming the wooded area behind his run-down family home. When he would return home at the end of the day, many times he was locked in a bedroom, sometimes for days at a time, by a mother who was undiagnosed and untreated for schizophrenia. Surrounded by his own feces and urine, it is believed that he was given little, if any, food or water during these times. On the nights that he wasn’t locked in his bedroom, he slept in a lawn chair on an enclosed patio.

He lived this way until his situation was brought to the attention of the state when he was over 50 years old. That’s when Kevin was introduced to the woman who would prove to be his own personal guardian angel. Continue reading »

Protecting the Social Safety Net

Posted by on November 8th, 2011 at 10:32 am | 1 Comment »

CNA and DCA member Kelly Gessner testifying at a Senate briefing last week.

UPDATE: Help us fight to preserve these crucial programs by emailing your elected representatives. Our action alert makes it easy to send them a letter.

Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are under attack. Over the past several months, these social safety programs have become the focus of a political battle over what our government needs to do to create jobs and stimulate our struggling economy. This is alarming because these programs are fundamental to the already shaky economic security of our seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families—a group that includes many direct care workers and their families, as well as most of the people they assist.

Unfortunately, the debate about whether to cut social safety net programs is being driven by politics, not the realities that millions of low-income families and individuals face every day. The Direct Care Alliance and many of our allies are waging campaigns to preserve these crucial programs. Continue reading »

Care, Commitment and Coffee with Naomi Smith of Michigan!

Posted by on June 13th, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Comments Off on Care, Commitment and Coffee with Naomi Smith of Michigan!

At the 2011 Voices Institute Leadership Training, DCA communications director, Josh Sabato sat down to speak with direct care worker, Naomi Smith to discuss the most pressing issues facing direct care workers and how other activists can get involved in direct care advocacy in Michigan.  DCA Speaks with Naomi Smith at 2011 Voices Institute Training.

Real Wages Keep Falling for Personal and Home Care Aides

Posted by on September 9th, 2009 at 11:17 am | 1 Comment »

state chartbook coverAs every direct care worker advocate knows, personal and home care aides earn far too little for the important work they do. And now an updated version of PHI’s State Chart Book on Wages for Personal and Home Care Aides (PDF) gives advocates a valuable tool, proving that real wages are actually getting worse.

The chart book analyzes data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, adjusting last year’s wages for inflation to see how their earning power compares to average wages in 1999.

Nationwide, these inflation-adjusted rates, which the chartbook calls “real wages,” have decreased by 3 percent over the past nine years, dropping from $7.50 an hour to just $7.31. Real wages increased in more than half the states during that period, but not enough to make up for their decline in the other 21.

Median wages in 2008 ranged from $7.05 an hour in Texas to $12.55 in Alaska in 2008, or real wages of $5.61 to $9.90. “Wages for personal and home care aides are so low,” says PHI Director of Policy Research Dorie Seavey, “that about 20 percent of these workers received a raise on July 24 when the minimum wage increased to $7.25/hour.”

The chartbook also compares wages to federal poverty level wages for a one-person household.

Elise Nakhnikian
Communications Director
Direct Care Alliance

DCA Publishes Fact Sheets for Direct Care Worker Advocates and their Allies

Posted by on June 25th, 2009 at 10:56 am | 1 Comment »

A full set of DCA Direct Care Fact Sheets, one for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is now available in the Resources section of our website.

The one-page sheets were created as a resource for direct care worker advocates and their allies, legislators, policymakers, members of the media, and others interested in direct care issues. They include key facts such as:

  •   The number of home health aides, nursing assistants, and personal and home care aides in the state in 2006 and the projected numbers of each in 2016
  •   The average hourly wage for the state’s direct care workers
  •   What percentage of direct care workers in that state or region are without health insurance

Elise Nakhnikian
Communications Director
Direct Care Alliance