Court blocks Trump’s attack on home care; major win for home care workers, clients
In a major win for home care workers and working people everywhere, on Tuesday a California judge sided with workers to block a Trump administration attempt to undermine a worker’s choice to join a union.
The Trump administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule had intended to deny roughly 800,000 individual provider home care workers the choice to support their union with their own wages to fuel a movement for better wages, basic benefits and better training for all home care workers.
“With the rising demand to keep our nation’s seniors and people with disabilities at home it’s outrageous that the Trump administration is trying to silence us,” said Debra Howze, a Minnesota home care worker and plaintiff in the case. Howze is one of the eight SEIU home care workers who claimed that the rule violates the First Amendment rights of individual provider home care workers.
“We’re more committed than ever to making sure President-Elect Joe Biden ensures the one million new home care jobs needed in the next decade are good, union jobs,” Howze continued.