Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Extend labor protection to home care workers, as promised
In 2011, President Barack Obama stood alongside a crowd of home healthcare workers at the White House and promised to offer minimum wage and overtime protections to those laboring in the in-home healthcare industry, despite decades of being excluded from those protections under the law. Yet, as the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act recently passed (under which home care workers should be entitled to such labor protections), Obama’s promise falls flat, as his administration has moved painfully slowly on the subject and has not yet implemented real changes.
The president’s proposal to extend labor protection to home healthcare workers has remained stagnant under White House review, and big business interests in the healthcare industry have recommended the administration soften or scrap the proposal. About two million Americans work full-time or part-time in the ever-growing home healthcare industry, and these workers deserve the same basic labor protections afforded to their fellow countrymen. These people work incredibly hard in a crucially important field, and should not be deprived of 75-year-old protections that other workers have enjoyed.
While President Obama has failed his liberal supporters on many fronts, this case is unusual because he has not faced any partisan roadblocks in fulfilling his promise, from Republicans in Congress or in state Governorships. Obama and those in his administration have failed to make any progress on this front on their own, without obstructionist opponents or vested interests. Please sign the petition below to demand that Obama’s administration fulfill their promise to home healthcare workers and ensure their basic labor protections.
Dear President Obama:
In 2011, you stood beside home care workers at the White House and pledged to extend minimum wage and overtime protection for those in their industry. As the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act recently passed, your failure and the failure of your administration to move forward on this issue is cast in a very poor light indeed.
Without facing obstructionist Republicans or recalcitrant supporters in your own party, your administration has failed to ensure fair labor standards for those working in the home healthcare industry. I demand that you end this employment apartheid and ensure that these in-home healthcare workers are afforded the same basic protections afforded to other workers by the federal government.
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