Consumers, workers and leaders of Pennsylvania’s top disability rights organizations file amicus briefs in support of Governor Wolf’s improvements to home and community based services
For Immediate Release: April 22, 2015 // For More Information: Liberty Resources Inc., Thomas Earle, 215-634-2000
HARRISBURG, PA – Calling the lawsuits against Governor Wolf’s program to improve and strengthen home and community based services “frivolous,” “costly” and “harmful,” a group of disability rights’ advocates, consumers and workers filed two amicus briefs in Commonwealth Court on Monday. The briefs contend that the Governor’s executive order provides a voice for consumers and attendants as a necessary step in addressing the state’s home care crisis. The individuals and groups filing the briefs are among the many Pennsylvanians supporting the Governor’s efforts to modernize the state’s long-term care services to meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities and save taxpayer dollars.
On April 15, Pennsylvania home care attendants joined tens of thousands of nursing home workers, retail workers, fast food workers, adjunct professors and other low-wage workers in the largest global mobilization yet in the Fight for $15 movement.
On the streets of Philadelphia, attendants marched behind a “Home Care Workers Fight 4 15” banner. And while marching for higher wages for all workers, we also took another step in our movement to change home care in Pennsylvania for the better.
The 4/15 day of action came midway through the historic election of home care workers that’s wrapping up on April 23. Home care attendants statewide are voting on whether to unite for a voice so we can advocate for improvements like affordable health care and better pay.
“Ten dollars an hour is just not enough to support a family,” says Philadelphia home care attendant Lisa Savage. In 2013, the median hourly wage for Pennsylvania home care workers was $10.23. “Fair pay is one of the many reasons I’m voting YES for United Home Care Workers of PA,” says Savage.
State budgets are all about the choices and values of our elected representatives. Based on a recent Franklin & Marshall poll, it appears that a majority of working Pennsylvanians agree with Governor Wolf’s priorities for moving our state ahead.
One of the promises Gov. Wolf made during his campaign was to bring real Medicaid expansion to Pennsylvania. Now, true to his word, he has begun working to undo Corbett’s disastrous “Healthy PA” plan and transition to real Medicaid Expansion once and for all.
This is great news because:
As our legislature continues the budget debate, we need to send a message to decision-makers that we support Medicaid expansion and its goals of providing quality, affordable, equitable healthcare for all Pennsylvanians.
But we need to act now. A special public comment period on the Governor’s Medicaid Expansion transition plan is currently underway.
Let’s get Medicaid expansion done right!
For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 9, 2015 // Contact: Thomas Earle, 215-634-2000 or Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614
Pennsylvanians for Dignity in Home Care backing state’s initiative to ensure affordable, high-quality home care for seniors and people with disabilities
With PA’s senior population growing by nearly 1 million over next 20 years, initiative expands home care that people prefer and is more cost-effective than institutional care
HARRISBURG — A growing coalition of home care providers, consumers and attendants is supporting the state’s initiative to ensure affordable, high-quality care for Pennsylvania’s seniors and people with disabilities.
In late February, Governor Tom Wolf unveiled a package of legislative, budgetary and executive actions to meet the rapidly expanding need for Home and Community-Based services in the Commonwealth. Over the next 20 years, the senior population of Pennsylvania will grow by nearly 1 million.
On April 8, hundreds of PA home care attendants joined together for a “Tele-Town Hall Meeting” about our union election.
We were joined on the 7 p.m conference call by special guest State Sen. Vincent Hughes, who’s championed the cause of home care attendants in Harrisburg.
“Home care workers do some of the hardest and most important work possible,” Hughes said. “However, all too often, attendants make poverty wages and have no benefits. That needs to change.”
And now it can change. Thanks to our union election, PA home care attendants have the opportunity to join together right now and win a powerful voice for better pay, health benefits and paid time-off. (more…)
In early March, Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his state budget, drawing strong support from people across Pennsylvania who are ready for a change. After four years of cuts to education and public services, Governor Wolf’s proposal reinvests in working families and holds huge corporations accountable to paying their fair share.
Click here to urge your legislators to pass the governor’s budget without delay.
The governor’s budget will create jobs to get Pennsylvania back on track. His plan will strengthen our workforce and provide incentives to businesses that create high-paying jobs.
The governor also calls for a hike in the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which will help millions of families that work full time yet struggle to make ends meet.
Governor Wolf’s budget makes historic investments in education by making the Marcellus Shale industry pay its fair share and closing corporate tax loopholes. This will lessen the burden on the rest of us and middle class families will see a reduction of school district property taxes by more than 50%.
Meanwhile, the budget will restore cuts to basic education that have forced our children into crowded classrooms and promises a restoration to cuts made to higher education in two years.
Governor Wolf’s plan will finally provide real Medicaid expansion to thousands of hardworking people in our state, which will ensure there are no cuts to people living with disabilities, create tens of thousands of jobs, and help fund local hospitals. What’s more, this budget aims to improve the lives of over 5,000 seniors and people with disabilities by providing more funding for home and community-based services to give them the option to receive care at home.
We elected a Governor to stand up for the needs of working families and this budget is further proof we made the right choice.
Now we must contact our legislators and urge them to do their part and pass Governor’s Wolf’s budget without delay. Email your legislators today and tell them Pennsylvania is ready to raise the wage, fund our schools and provide healthcare to those who need it.
Attendants and consumers from across the state came to the signing ceremony and talked afterward about the difference it will make.
“We’ll have a voice along with our consumers,” said Lisa Savage, a home care attendant from Philadelphia. “And that’s going to bring a lot of changes. Whether it’s livable pay for home care workers, health insurance, it will bring stability.” (more…)
Every political candidate runs for office. But it takes a special candidate to walk a day in our shoes.
That’s what candidate for Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf did Friday, October 3, when he spent a day working with Philadelphia home care attendant Aretha Spady.
“The reason I decided to do this is because home care is really important,” said Wolf in a video about the day. “I have a 93-year-old father and a 91-year-old mother. They’re both still at home and they depend on home health care workers.” (more…)
We are home care workers from across the state who recently led the negotiations for our second union contract between home care attendants and five Consumer Delegated Employer Model Home Care Agencies. We are proud to announce that home care attendants across the state voted unanimously to ratify our contract. (more…)