Town Hall: Home health care workers join Fight for $15 (3/5)

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Join the town hall March 5th in Raleigh

Join home health care workers, fast food workers, and other community members for a town hall forum to highlight the struggle for $15 and a union for home care workers, and to engage local, state, and federal elected officials in the Home Care Fight for $15 campaign.

What: Town hall
When: Thursday, March 5 at 6pm
Where: Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Refreshments will be served!

For more information, contact Ben Carroll at bcarroll@raiseupfor15.org or call 919-604-8167

Paying the price of poverty pay

“The poverty-level wages earned by the home care workforce in the U.S. degrade care quality for millions of elders and people with disabilities” according to a new report, Paying the Price: How Poverty Wages Undermine Home Care in America by PHI:

Poor wages and nonexistent benefits are tied to high turnover rates within the home care workforce,Paying the Price reports. Roughly one out of every two home care workers leaves her job every year.

High turnover correlates with poorer care outcomes for elders and people with disabilities, who come to rely on home care workers to ensure their quality of life.

“When people can’t find the care they need for the family members they love, it is a genuine family crisis,” the report says. “The outsized growth in our population of elders is going to make this problem far worse in the decades to come.”

The report notes that demand for home care jobs is expected to grow by approximately 50 percent between the years 2012 and 2022, a rate five times higher than overall job growth during that span.

Read the PHI report summary.

Do you agree that home health care workers deserve a raise? Add your name at http://fightfor15homecare.org/.