To: Governor Gavin Newsom

Tell Governor Brown: Move forward with overtime pay for IHSS homecare workers

In 2014 California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law allowing IHSS homecare workers to earn overtime pay for the first time in history. Many homecare workers are among the working poor--we are 80% women and make, on average, just $10/hour.

Labor protections like overtime pay and a minimum wage should be a right--but now that the for-profit homecare industry has succeeded in temporarily halting these protections in federal court, IHSS workers are calling on Governor Brown to move forward as planned in California.

Stand up for equality and for California's seniors, people with disabilities, and homecare workers: urge Governor Brown to move forward with overtime pay for IHSS providers in 2015.

Why is this important?

Hundreds of thousands of seniors and Californians with disabilities recieve quality in-home care through the state's In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) and the dedicated homecare workers who serve them.

But recently, the for-profit homecare industry was successful in delaying the implementation of a federal regulation that would allow IHSS care providers to receive overtime pay and other labor protections for the first time in history. These protections were due to begin January 1, 2015--and they were taken away just hours before they were supposed to go into effect.

Help protect our program and ensure equal rights for homecare workers by signing this petition to urge Governor Jerry Brown to move foward with overtime pay for IHSS workers in 2015.

We've waited 75 years for this. It's time.