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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. 

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

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  • 1-25 of 438 signatures
    Number Date Name Location
    438 10 months ago Eric Paul Jacobsen West Saint Paul, MN
    437 10 months ago Helen Kedzierski Sunnyside, NY
    436 11 months ago Shira Saliman Chicago, IL
    435 11 months ago Treacy Coates Sammamish, WA
    434 11 months ago Kelly Myers MO
    433 11 months ago Barbara Robinson Spokane, WA
    432 11 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 11 months ago Angie Unruh Aurora, CO
    430 11 months ago Anonymous Portola Valley, CA
    429 11 months ago Gregory Parry Seattle, WA
    428 11 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 11 months ago Denise Romesburg Phoenix, AZ
    426 11 months ago robert salzberg
    425 11 months ago Susan Torbush Covington, GA
    424 11 months ago NICOLE LEBLANC MONTPELIER, VT PLEASE RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO 16.00 AN HOUR. We need livable wages in this country
    423 11 months ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    422 11 months ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    421 11 months ago Kimberly Otis Washington, DC
    420 11 months ago Donna Lee Rahway, NJ
    419 11 months ago Kevin Gallagher Lake Forest Park, WA
    418 11 months ago John Landre Roswell, GA
    417 11 months ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    416 11 months ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    415 11 months ago Frances Low Sacramento, CA
    414 11 months ago Allison Reeder Golden, CO
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