Home care workers and consumers are ready to stand up for quality home care in California in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Harris v. Quinn today regarding Illinois home care workers.
“No court case is going to stand in the way of home care workers coming together to have a strong voice for good jobs and quality home care,” said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. “At a time when wages remain stagnant and income inequality is out of control, joining together in a union is the only proven way home care workers have of improving their lives and the lives of the people they care for.”
The ruling places at risk a system of consumer-directed home care in Illinois that has proven successful in raising wages, providing affordable health care benefits, and increasing training. The number of elderly Americans will increase dramatically in the coming years. States need to build a stable, qualified workforce to meet the growing need for home care—and having a strong union for home care workers is the only approach that has proven effective.
The case was brought by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an extreme anti-worker group whose funders include billionaires like Charles Koch and the Walton family. It is the latest in a decades-long attack on the rights of working people to join together to improve their jobs and the quality of services they provide.
They are trying to divide us and limit our power, but we won’t stop standing together for our families and our consumers. The number of elderly Americans is increasing dramatically, and states need to build a stable, qualified workforce to meet the growing need for home care as the number of older Americans increases dramatically in the coming years.
Having a strong union for home care workers is the only approach that has proven effective at producing good jobs and quality care.
For our grandparents, for our parents – Stand in solidarity with the home care workers who stand with us.