New York, NY (PRWEB) April 14, 2015
Thousands of homecare and healthcare workers rally and march in the Fight For $15
Wednesday, April 15
- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at 4:30 pm rally
- March at 5:15 pm
64th St. & Broadway, Manhattan
Caregivers will be wearing white medical coats and lead by a steel drum and brass marching band
On Wednesday, April 15, thousands of homecare workers, outpatient clinic workers, Rite Aid workers and other caregivers will be rallying and marching as part of the Fight For $15 nationwide day of actions. As the population ages, homecare has become the fastest-growing job in America, and healthcare is the fastest-growing industry. Homecare workers play a vital role, allowing seniors and people with disabilities to live with safety, dignity and independence in their own homes. In New York, because many homecare workers are members of 1199SEIU, they are compensated better than their counterparts elsewhere and have health benefits. Still, 1199SEIU homecare workers receive only about $10 an hour and many are mired in poverty even if they care for multiple clients. Homecare and healthcare jobs are the jobs of the future, and caregivers are demanding that they are good, middle-class careers for New Yorkers. A living wage for homecare workers would also improve workforce recruitment and retention, thereby improving the quality and continuity of patient care.
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest union in New York and the largest healthcare union in the nation. We represent over 400,000 total members throughout New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Our mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all.