We did it! After years of organizing, telling our stories, lobbying our legislators, and beating back attacks from corporate special interests, all our hard work has paid off! Governor Kate Brown signed legislation yesterday raising Oregon’s minimum wage. Her signature is a step forward for our state, and our legislators and our governor are leading the nation on this important issue.Read More
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Today in Portland, homecare workers and janitors joined thousands of low-wage workers nationwide in standing up for $15 and a union.
"Homecare work is important because It allows seniors and people with disabilities to stay in their homes and keep their dignity and independence. Our clients are often homebound and if we can't afford cars, they can't get out to doctor appointments," said Christine Eckert, homecare worker.
"I am fighting for $15 and a union because wages are so low for homecare workers that some of us can barely afford the cost of transportation to our jobs, let alone rent on decent places to live."
"I’m proud to be standing with underpaid people across the country today. Corporations need to raise wages so people can support their families. It’s wrong that so many people are paid so little that we can’t afford basic needs. Working people should have the right to stick together in a union so we can be heard. Raising wages will boost local families and make the economy work for all of us, not just the wealthy."
Today, along with other homecare workers and our community supporters, I was part of delivering an open-letter to Visiting Angels calling on them to start paying workers $15 an hour. Instead of hearing our concerns, the people at Visiting Angels refused to listen to us, and even threw the letter onto the sidewalk as we exited. Unfortunately, this is pretty typical of the way they treat workers and clients.Read More
Yesterday, I was honored to join President Obama and brave home care workers and leaders in the Home Care Fight for $15, at the White House Conference on Aging.
Together with partners like Caring Across Generations and AARP, we put the lack of affordable home care and the poverty wages paid home care workers squarely on policymakers' agenda. There is a Care Crisis in this country, evidenced by the Senior Care Gap. In every state, there are more seniors in need of daily care than there are available home care workers. Everyone should have access to the services they need so they can live in their own homes with dignity and independence. And no one should be paid poverty wages and denied decent benefits to do this important work.Read More