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[Happening Now] Workers rally to expose abuse at assisted living facility

Right now, caregivers, housecleaners, nannies, advocates, and supporters of the California Domestic Workers Coalition have rallied together in West Hills, Los Angeles in the campaign for justice for Health Alliance Nurses Corp. workers. They will publicly deliver a letter to Fair Winds Assisted Living to expose to its facility management and to its residents that Health Alliance Nurses Corp., one of the primary home care providers contracted in the facility, has long been exploiting its workers, not paying caregivers overtime during 24 hour shifts and paying wages as low as $4.50 per hour. It is time for Health Alliance Nurses Corp. to pay their workers what they deserve and for assisted living facilities like Fair Winds to take responsibility to protect both workers and their residents from unfair and fraudulent business practices happening behind closed doors.

With the Pilipino Worker Center leading the charge, today’s rally launches a week of action to hold Health Alliance accountable for the wage-theft and abuse of its caregivers.
Between today and next Wednesday, we are inviting supporters of domestic worker dignity across California to join us as we lift our collective voices to send a strong message to Health Alliance Nurses Corp. and other non-compliant agencies and employers that they cannot continue to steal from and exploit the people who work tirelessly to support California’s families and households.
Last year, we made history with the passing of SB1015 the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. Now, we must enforce those rights, starting with Health Alliance Nurses Corp. It is time for domestic workers and their rights to be recognized!

Here is what you can do to support the caregivers of Health Alliance:

 

1. Make A Phone Call TODAY:  

Call Fairwinds between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm and get your voices heard! Call Elvis Gutierriez (or any facility admin staff) at (818) 713-0900 and tell them that you support SB1015 and demand that end wage theft in their facility.
“I support SB1015 and am advocating for fair wages to caregivers. Health Alliance Nurses Corp. has been stealing wages from its caregivers. We encourage you to check your employees’ records and review their contracts, make sure that they are given fair wages.”

2. Take a Photo with your friends and colleagues with a statement of support for the workers at Health Alliance and post on Facebook, IG, or Twitter with the hashtags #DefendDignity, #DefenderDignidad, #HealthAllianceSteals #LadronesHealthAlliance #EnforceSB1015Download and print a statement of support here!
3. Share a Campaign Graphic

Choose one of the prepared graphics to share on social media, and be sure to use the campaign hashtags! #DefendDignity, #DefenderDignidad, #HealthAllianceSteals #LadronesHealthAlliance #EnforceSB1015 #WageTheftIsACrime
4. Repost and Tag Us during the week of action!

We will be sharing photos, graphics, and articles from this Wednesday 8/2 to next Wednesday 8/9 for a week of buzz and attention to this precedent-setting case. We hope you will join us in posting and sharing information and graphics about this case.

BREAKING: Filipino Caregivers Uphold Their Right to Overtime: LA City Attorney files precedent setting lawsuit against homecare agency for alleged wage theft

Yesterday morning in a press conference with leaders of the Pilipino Worker Center, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that he has filed a lawsuit against Canoga Park-based homecare provider Emelyn Nishi and her companies Health Alliance Nurses Corp. and Hand Homecare Provider, Inc.

The civil suit is the first of its kind to assert the right to minimum wage and overtime pay for domestic workers and protect immigrant workers against wage theft. The lawsuit could result in up to 9 million dollars in restitution and back-wages to approximately 200 primarily Filipino caregivers because of alleged wage theft over the past four years.

 

 

Leading the way to assert caregiver rights, member leaders of the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) launched a public campaign against Health Alliance Nurses Corp. in 2015 and have since assisted the California Labor Commissioner’s office to start an investigation that is still on-going.

This year, despite the current climate of fear and attacks against the immigrant community, Filipino caregivers have organized to bring the case forward to the City Attorney’s office in an effort to enforce their hard-fought-for rights and send a unified message to other homecare agencies to end wage-theft in the industry.

“We felt vindicated that the city attorney found that there were lots of violations in terms of our wages. We were not paid overtime. We hope that the case will be decided in favor of the caregivers who are fighting for dignity and the right to be paid what they are owed,” said Rufina Tubo, a former caregiver of Health Alliance Nurses Corp. and member of PWC.

At the press conference held on Wednesday morning, Pilipino Workers Center Executive Director, Aquilina Soriano Versoza explained that “[In 2016] the overtime provision of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was made permanent in Sacramento (SB1015- Leyva), ending finally and for good, over 75 years of exclusion from overtime protections for nannies and caregivers. Today, with this case, we are seeing our rights becoming a reality. Today we see the dignity of homecare workers being upheld and uplifted.”

 

Take Action to Make Overtime Pay A Reality!

We have to assert our rights in order for them to become a reality! Show your support for the leadership and courage of the members of Pilipino Workers Center by tweeting, posting on Facebook, and sharing the news about this case far and wide!

Download the image above and add a message of solidarity!

Sample Messages Below:

Health Alliance Nurses Corp: Do the right thing. Stop stealing workers wages.  #WageTheftIsACrime #DefendDignity I Stand with the Caregivers of Health Alliance in Asserting their Right to Overtime! #DomesticWorkerLeaders #DefendDignity Immigrant workers are rising up against fear and retaliation to #DefendDignity! #WageTheftIsACrime #JoinTheMovement


Reach Out and Protect Your Rights

Both the City Attorney’s office and the Pilipino Workers Center are encouraging anyone who has been a victim of wage theft to reach out to protect their rights. To the City Attorney’s Office by e-mail at mike.n.feuer@lacity.org or by phone at 213-978-1868 and to Pilipino Workers Center for ongoing accompanying and support. PWC’s EMPLEO Pinoy workers rights hotline is 1 (877) TULONG1.

 

Building Momentum from May Day 2017

We hope you are energized and inspired by the marches and demonstrations of people power this past May Day! In cities across California, domestic workers were on the front lines, honoring the lives of workers and immigrants everywhere and making their voices heard. Collectively, tens of thousands marched in defense of immigrant working class communities, calling for an end to deportations, sanctuary for all, and better conditions for workers and their families everywhere.

With renewed energy from May Day, we call on our communities to continue to organize, to continue to grow our skills through attending Know Your Rights and rapid response trainings, and to build our solidarity and unity in defense of the rights and well-being of our communities. Si Se Puede!

Defending Dignity in Sacramento
As we continue to build power in the streets, we have also been making our voices heard in the capitol. Almost every week this past April, members of the California Domestic Workers Coalition traveled from LA and the Bay to Sacramento to advocate for our 2017 Defending Dignity Policy Platform.

Caregivers, house cleaners, and nannies shared their stories and testimonies at hearings, press conferences, and lobby visits to make sure that domestic worker voices are heard by legislators and the public on the issues that most impact them.

In alliance with community organizations across the state, we have collectively pushed forward SB 54 The California Values Act, SB 562 The Healthy California Act, and SB 258 The Cleaning Products Right to Know Act through their first committees! Leaders from the Pilipino Workers Center stood in strong opposition to SB 482 and continue to advocate to maintain strong worksite protections for live-in and 24 hour caregivers and the clients they support.

And of course, we will be back in the capitol soon, advocating for domestic worker rights and well-being at California Immigrant Policy Center’s Immigrant Day!

Join us to learn how you can act in solidarity with domestic workers!

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2pm-5pm – Building #SanctuaryHomes

Movement Strategy Center Offices – 436 14th Street, Suite 500 in downtown Oakland (directly above the 12th Street BART station)

Domestic worker leaders from Mujeres Unidas y Activas and La Colectiva de Mujeres will join Hand In Hand leaders and interested community members to explore how #SanctuaryHomes resources can move domestic employers and allies to take proactive steps to support domestic workers, gardeners and other immigrant workers in our communities (www.mysanctuaryhome.us).
Attendant support, childcare and snacks provided. Please RSVP here so we can hold your spot, plan for enough food, and accommodate any other access needs you might have.

Living Our Politics At Home: Make yours a #SanctuaryHome

Last year, we made history together in passing SB1015 The Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. We showed the rest of the country that when domestic workers and employers unite, we are unstoppable. Now, the fight to defend the dignity of our families is even more urgent under the new administration. If living our politics begins at home, now is the time to make our homes a center for political action.
For those of us who are employers of domestic workers, we know that most of the childcare providers, house cleaners, and home attendants working in our homes are women and many are immigrants; they are among the people who have been and will be most targeted in this political moment. One big thing we can do is support the women, people of color, and/or immigrants who work in our homes. For those of us who aren’t employers or care consumers, our homes can still serve as centers for moral action, transforming where we live into a foundation for building the world as we believe it should be. Together, our homes can be an important frontline in opposing the attacks on our communities.
“Everywhere you go, you will see immigrants making our city, our state, and our country stronger and more beautiful. That’s why people in Oakland are taking to the streets, the airports, and even taking action right in their own homes: to show that in this city we stand up for each other and we protect each other’s rights!” – Meg Yardley, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network
As a member of the California Domestic Worker Coalition’s steering committee, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network is uniting with domestic worker organizations across the state to launch the #SanctuaryHomes campaign, so we can all find ways to live our politics at home.  Click here to learn more and sign up for the #SanctuaryHomes campaign.


#SanctuaryHomes is, at its heart, true community organizing. Domestic workers and employers are uniting to mobilize neighbors, families and friends to join the campaign and take action to support and defend immigrants and other targeted communities.
Please join us at Hand in Hand and the California Domestic Workers Coalition and make your home a sanctuary.
Because solidarity begins at home.
Lindsay Imai Hong, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, member of the California Domestic Workers Coalition

California Domestic Workers Defend Dignity from Sacramento to the Streets

This 2017 is proving itself to be a year full of resistance. Beginning in January, just one day after the presidential inauguration, over 3.2 million people across the country joined the historic #WomensMarch. Every week since then, there have been marches and actions – meetings and Know Your Rights trainings. We’ve come together to defend our communities and organize for immigrants rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and the human rights of all people–all of which have come under fire under this new administration. And, of course, the leadership and voices of domestic workers have been front and center.

California domestic workers joined our sisters in Washington D.C. and we’ve also stood at the frontline of local marches in cities across the state, lifting up our voices as one of the largest immigrant workforces in the country and as women impacted directly by the policies of the new administration.

 

The current political climate demands the resilience and leadership of immigrant women now more than ever.


The resistance continues from the streets to the halls of Sacramento.

This spring, we are excited to announce the Defending Dignity Platform: The California Domestic Workers Coalition’s 2017 Policy Priorities. The platform prioritizes new legislation that specifically impacts immigrant working women who represent the majority of domestic workers across the state. The CDWC has adopted positions on the following bills to uplift the voices of domestic workers on these issues that most impact them and their communities.

In a political moment in which working-class immigrant communities are facing attacks and scapegoating across the country, we must rise above the fear, unite to protect and assert our rights and advance an agenda that defends the dignity and well being of our families.

A Celebration 10 Years in the Making

VICTORY: Governor Signs SB1015 Granting Permanent Overtime to Domestic Workers

We have made history together.

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB1015: The 2016 Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Over 300,000 domestic workers in California now have permanent overtime protections. This victory comes as the result of nearly a decade of organizing and advocacy. Domestic worker leaders have been at the forefront every step of the way–from educating domestic workers at bus stops and parks, leading marches around the capitol hand in hand with their children and allies, to testifying in key committee hearings and lobby visits. Thanks to the leadership of domestic workers and to the commitment of allies and supporters from across the state, we have achieved permanent recognition in an industry that was once in the shadows.

We did it, Si se pudo!

Here are just a few initial reactions from our leaders and champions:

“I am so pleased that the Governor has signed SB 1015. This important bill will ensure that domestic workers continue receiving overtime protections, as well as offer these hardworking Californians the dignity and respect that they rightfully deserve, ” said Sen. Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino).

“I am so happy and excited and also nervous because of how happy I am,” said Carmen Goley, a Hollywood-based domestic worker member of Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur California.

“I’m excited to see this victory change the structure of this industry with changes for the better of all workers and our families.”

“Estoy enamorada de este movimiento,” Evelin Alfaro, a domestic worker member of La Colectiva.

“[In English] I am in love with this movement.”

Nikki Brown-Booker, an employer of home attendants and member of Hand in Hand: the National Domestic Employers Network said, “I also celebrate this as a victory for employers. Affirming the dignity of domestic workers affirms the work they do and that elevates the dignity of all of us that rely on their support. I am proud to be a part of this campaign, it really is a great win for everyone!”

What Comes Next?

More organizing and outreach to build domestic worker power and the movement for Dignity in the Home. But first – CELEBRATION! Our domestic workers inspired us in the hallways and hearing rooms of Sacramento and now they will captivate us on the big screen! Come celebrate this historic victory with us and be part of the premiere screening of “America Divided,” a primetime television series featuring the California domestic worker movement. The premiere event will open with a reception honoring Dignity Rising legislative champions and worker leaders and end with the special screening of “America Divided” – it will be a night to remember. Festive attire encouraged!

Dignity Rising Reception & Premiere of “America Divided”

Monday September 26 from 6-9PM

California Museum at 1020 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814

RSVP Here

(Click on the Premiere Event flier to see domestic worker leaders chanting in the Capitol and Amy Poehler confronting an agency owner in the “America Divided” trailer)

 

Also, you can join the digital celebration on FacebookTwitter and Instagram! Hundreds have taken to social media to celebrate this historic victory and we’ll continue celebrating tomorrow with our #DignityRising Twitter Townhall 1pm-3pm PST.  We will continue to share our stories of #DignityRising and prompt others to share their stories. The conversation will also be broadened by allowing Twitter users to share what this victory means to them and/or send a simple message of support.

To join our Twitter Townhall follow our co hosts- @SandraFluke@EqualRightsAdv@mujrsunidas and @cadomesticwrker

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