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Thursday, January 15, 2015

AFSCME’s President Lee Saunders: Federal Court Deals “Another Slap in the Face” to Hardworking Caregivers

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, a 2002 George W. Bush appointee, today denied overtime and minimum wage requirements to 2 million home health care workers.

Washington, D.C. — 

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, a 2002 George W. Bush appointee, today denied overtime and minimum wage requirements to 2 million home health care workers – workers who care for the sick, frail and elderly in their homes. The decision comes on the heels of a June 2014 Supreme Court decision that denied home health care providers key union freedoms.

The overtime and minimum wage requirements for home care workers were proposed by the Obama administration in 2011. AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders had this to say:

“Not that we needed it, but Judge Leon’s decision denying overtime pay and a minimum wage to home health care workers is yet more proof that the deck is stacked against hardworking people.

“Home health care workers provide care for the sick, frail and elderly. All they ask in return is a fair shake – and a fair wage – for the work they do. Instead, they got a slap in the face from Judge Leon. It’s a reminder of how important it is for home care workers – and every American worker – to rediscover how to get organized and stand up for ourselves.”

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