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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 12 months ago Eric Paul Jacobsen West Saint Paul, MN
    437 12 months ago Helen Kedzierski Sunnyside, NY
    436 12 months ago Shira Saliman Chicago, IL
    435 12 months ago Treacy Coates Sammamish, WA
    434 12 months ago Kelly Myers MO
    433 1 year ago Barbara Robinson Spokane, WA
    432 1 year 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 1 year ago Angie Unruh Aurora, CO
    430 1 year ago Anonymous Portola Valley, CA
    429 1 year ago Gregory Parry Seattle, WA
    428 1 year 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 1 year ago Denise Romesburg Phoenix, AZ
    426 1 year ago robert salzberg
    425 1 year ago Susan Torbush Covington, GA
    424 1 year ago NICOLE LEBLANC MONTPELIER, VT PLEASE RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO 16.00 AN HOUR. We need livable wages in this country
    423 1 year ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    422 1 year ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    421 1 year ago Kimberly Otis Washington, DC
    420 1 year ago Donna Lee Rahway, NJ
    419 1 year ago Kevin Gallagher Lake Forest Park, WA
    418 1 year ago John Landre Roswell, GA
    417 1 year ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    416 1 year ago William & Edna McIver Albuquerque, NM
    415 1 year ago Frances Low Sacramento, CA
    414 1 year ago Allison Reeder Golden, CO
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