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President Obama: Extend Labor Protections to Homecare Workers

President Obama: Extend Labor Protections to Homecare Workers

In December of 2011, President Obama announced that his administration would extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to an estimated 2.5 million homecare workers.  Almost two years later, the rule changes to the “companionship exemption” of the Fair Labor Standards Act are still under final review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Labor has held two public comment periods on the law. It is clear that the Obama administration should move faster; homecare workers currently make an average of $9.70 an hour and nearly 40% make so little that they must rely on Medicaid or food stamps.

Recently, Ai-jen Poo, the head of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, told The Nation that she believes the Obama administration may be ready to make the change by the end of the month. Sign our open letter to President Obama imploring him to fulfill his promise and extend minimum wage and overtime protections to homecare workers now. 

A homecare worker

A homecare worker in Miami, FL. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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  • 1-25 of 438 signatures
    Number Date Name Location
    438 7 months ago Eric Paul Jacobsen West Saint Paul, MN
    437 7 months ago Helen Kedzierski Sunnyside, NY
    436 8 months ago Shira Saliman Chicago, IL
    435 8 months ago Treacy Coates Sammamish, WA
    434 8 months ago Kelly Myers MO
    433 8 months ago Barbara Robinson Spokane, WA
    432 8 months ago Meaghan Simpson Fortuna, CA NOTICE URGENT THE INSANELY LOW WAGES ARE SHAMEFUL!!! BIG BAD SHAME THAT USA GOV AND WAL-MART ARE BIGGEST BAD WORST EMPLOYERS PAYING SUPER LOW SLAVE WAGES!!!
    431 8 months ago Angie Unruh Aurora, CO
    430 8 months ago Anonymous Portola Valley, CA
    429 8 months ago Greg Parry Seattle, WA
    428 8 months ago JoAnn Duman Texarkana, TX Every employer of home care workers has technology (computer or phone) that can easily pay the employer's portion of social security and keep records to report annually along with their regu...
    427 8 months ago Denise Romesburg Phoenix, AZ
    426 8 months ago robert salzberg
    425 8 months ago Susan Torbush Covington, GA
    424 8 months ago NICOLE LEBLANC MONTPELIER, VT PLEASE RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO 16.00 AN HOUR. We need livable wages in this country
    423 8 months ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    422 8 months ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    421 8 months ago Kimberly Otis Washington, DC
    420 8 months ago Donna Lee Rahway, NJ
    419 8 months ago Kevin Gallagher Lake Forest Park, WA
    418 8 months ago John Landre Roswell, GA
    417 8 months ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    416 8 months ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    415 8 months ago Frances Low Sacramento, CA
    414 8 months ago Allison Reeder Golden, CO
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