Tag: Home Health Aides

Pandemic Creates ‘Devastating’ Job Losses for Already Vulnerable Domestic Workers
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Pandemic Creates ‘Devastating’ Job Losses for Already Vulnerable Domestic Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than two-thirds of the nation’s 2.25 million domestic workers have lost their jobs in the coronavirus epidemic, according to a survey released April 8, by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. NDWA executive director Ai-Jen Poo called those losses “sudden and devastating.” The survey of subscribers to the organization’s La Alianza information service found…

Home Care Workers Keep Up the Fight; Demand Back Pay, End to 24-Hour Shifts
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Home Care Workers Keep Up the Fight; Demand Back Pay, End to 24-Hour Shifts

NEW YORK, N.Y.—With speeches and chants in English, Spanish, and Chinese, about 100 home health-care workers and supporters rallied in front of the First Chinese Presbyterian home-care agency’s Lower Manhattan offices Dec. 11. They were demanding that it pay them for in full for 24-hour shifts they’d worked going back to 2015.  “First Chinese Presbyterian…

Health Aides Hail Bill to Ban 24-Hour Shifts
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Health Aides Hail Bill to Ban 24-Hour Shifts

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Calling the half-unpaid 24-hour shifts common in the home health-care industry an “inhumane” 21st-century sweatshop, a group of home-care aides and state legislators rallied Sept. 4 to announce the introduction of a bill to ban 24-hour shifts. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblymember Harvey Epstein (D-Manhattan) would limit…