Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule Extending Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections To Home Care Workers

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–December 15, 2011. 

The Department of Labor’s proposed rule is a long-overdue matter of basic justice for the hundreds of thousands of workers who do the vital work of providing at-home care for our nation’s elderly and disabled citizens. Every person deserves fair pay for a hard day’s work. This rule ensures home health care workers receive the same minimum wage and overtime protections as virtually all other working people.   

The proposed rule is a win-win for consumers and the home care workforce.  Improved working conditions will attract new workers to this quickly-growing industry while reducing turnover among existing employees.  This will allow more families the choice of home-based care as a long-term care option.   

Source: aflcio.org