Push for Higher Wages Spread Across the Country for Home Care Workers

workersrising_580Workers continue to fight for quality care and quality jobs.

CLEVELAND, OHIO- Dozens of home care workers, their consumers and members of the community gathered in Cleveland joined forces with home care providers across the country. Inspired by the fast-food worker strike, both union and nonunion workers rallied together on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 30th and Euclid.

Protests were planned in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles and several other U.S. cities. Workers continue to demand a minimum wage of $15 and a union. There were many strikes and job walk-offs across the country from low-wage workers demanding change. Jasmin Almodovar said, “It is not a living wage.,” she said. “I haven’t had a raise in five years. I started out at $7.50, 11 years ago. I should be way above $9.50 an hour by now.” Consumers of home care workers also joined the protest, consumers like Shirley Thompson who receives care from Jasmin stated, “She helps me with my day-to-day living, she makes sure I am well taken care of, and I appreciate her for this.”

Home care workers play a crucial role to their consumers and the future of the nations economy.  The fight for $15 continues because, it’s a wage that will allow workers to cover basic needs and help lift the entire economy. With support across the country, it’s apparent that communities believe that anyone who works hard should make enough to live a quality life.

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