Failure in IHSS system in CA, May Lead To Incarceration of Disabled and Seniors

Source: ‘They’re Just Not Getting Paid on Time:’ In-Home Caregiver Program Under Fire for Payment Delays – NBC Southern California

Failure of IHSS system in CA, May Lead to  Incarceration Of Disabled and Seniors

In-Home Caregiver Program Under Fire for Payment Delays

People with severe disabilities who are in the government program called In-Home Supportive Services say they have been experiencing long delays in getting caregivers registered and paid. Carolyn Johnson reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

The In-Home Supportive Services System (a.k.a. IHSS system ) is failing badly in the state of California. IHSS is a program funded by both state and federal funds to offer in-home care for people with disabilities and seniors. This landmark program is crucial in allowing disabled and seniors to live independently within the community outside of nursing homes.  As result, many disabled and seniors may be eventually forced into institutions, such as nursing homes.

To most disabled, this is akin to being incarcerated for being guilty of nothing more than being disabled and elderly. There are many of us who believe the IHSS system is being sabotaged from within, or at least be set up to fail intentionally. Too many people, this begs the question, “why”? The answer is very simple, the almighty dollar!

Corporations who give “professional” homecare are losing out on the chance to make millions of dollars from providing care to disabled and seniors; something which we are perfectly capable of providing for herself if given both the means to do it and the chance to do it.  Consider this well-proven fact and think about a possible motive for sabotaging this very workable system that is already in place.

It’s more cost-effective to keep people with disabilities and seniors living independently in their own homes and not force them to live in institutions which are far less cost-effective, not to mention humane. To people are part of the homecare “industry” humane treatment of disabled and seniors is the furthest thing from their minds. To these people, we are viewed as little more than “cash cows” who are only as valuable as how much money they can receive to “take care of us”.

The IHSS system in California has become so dysfunctional that it has become almost impossible to find a worker, to come into your home and give care to you. Part of this is low pay and unfair treatment of home care workers. Here in Alameda County, our homecare workers are only paid $12.50 per hour, which is a very meager wage especially for people who make it possible for others to live independent lives. Another reason appears to be bureaucratic functionality, or even perhaps bureaucratic sabotage. An example of this would be the predicament this woman finds herself in, in the video I have highlighted in this post.

In reality, what worker can afford to wait several weeks before receiving their first paycheck? None of them can. After all, who wants to work providing care for a disabled person or senior and have to wait several weeks before being paid? None that I know of!

When most workers go to do a job they are paid a regular paycheck immediately after the first week of work. Why should Homecare be any different? Why shouldn’t a homecare worker be treated with the same respect other workers are? Again the answer is, they should not be treated any differently. The big question most of us within the IHSS system community is, why are they and why are we allowing the system to get away with it?

I would strongly suggest that those of us in the disabled and senior communities prepare for a fight because we are in for one, a big one.

 

 

 

Too Little Too Late?; The Fight for Organized Labor in America

Too Little Too Late?; The Fight for Organized Labor in America

 

Organized Labor Should Spend the Rest of 2015 Training Workers How to Fight

Source: Organized Labor Should Spend the Rest of 2015 Training Workers How to Fight – Working In These Times

 

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Even though I am very heartened by the actions of organized labor in this country, I wonder if it’s not too late to engage in the type of struggle that is necessary to bring this country back to where it was.

This is especially true since the percentage of American workers who are represented by organized labor unions has dropped to a all-time low of 11.3% since 2011, when union membership was only 11.8%., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. My question is; are there enough organized labor union members to successfully wage the type of struggle that faces this country. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

The rise in “social unionism” is one thing that has really made me feel very good. Social unionism is where organized labor takes into account the needs of society as a whole, and not just the needs of a particular union and its immediate cause for action.  In my opinion, social unionism is a more holistic approach to solving the problems of our society.  When social unionism is applied, everyone benefits, not just any particular union and its immediate needs. If you have ever read anything about the history of the early days of organized labor, you will see that the concept of social union was the basis of the entire union movement.  At that time, organized labor quite often adopted causes that really had very little to do with what they were doing.

For example, the “Wobblies“, who were known for their militant stance against what they perceived to be society’s ills were among the first practitioners of social unionism, although some people disapproved of their sometimes violent use of force to achieve their goals.  Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing this type of militancy return because conditions in this country have degenerated to the point that it might be necessary to attract much needed attention to the cause of saving the middle class from destruction; something which I truly believe that we are on the verge of.

Over the past year, we have witnessed quite a few instances of social unionism in action.  An example would be workers striking on behalf of the low-paid fast food workers, even though they did not work in this particular industry.  Another good example would be dockworkers in Oakland, CA, striking to protest against police violence directed towards African-American youth.

Hopefully, this increased display social unionism will continue to grow and prosper.  A large social movement is the only thing that can save us from becoming corporate surfs.  The robber barons of today are among us, and now is the time to fight.

 

Looking to the Future, Organized Labor Is Banking on a New Civil Rights …

April 15, 2015 As fast-food workers and organized labor plan mass protests on Wednesday for a $15 minimum wage and a union, they are also relaying the message that workers’ rights are civil rights. As racial minorities continue to make up more and more …
Organized Labor Takes on Race and Michael Brown …

Organized Labor Takes on Race and Michael Brown. People cheer as Richard Trumka, president of the AFL–CIO, speaks on day two of the Democratic National Convention on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

 

New Federal Rule About Sheltered Workshops

New Federal Rule About Sheltered Workshops

 

Feds Take Aim At Sheltered Workshops – Disability Scoop.

The Obama administration is proposing new regulations that would go far in helping to stop sheltered workshops from exploiting their disabled workers. And it’s about time!

Far too long have workers with disabilities been employed at places like Goodwill Industries and other employees for a fraction of the wages that able-bodied people are paid.

Workers with disabilities deserve to be paid as much as able-bodied workers.  Just because a worker has a disability does not mean that their labors are somehow worse less that the labors of someone who is able-bodied.

Hopefully, this new rule will eliminate the current wage discrimination committed against workers with disabilities by sheltered workshops.  To me, sheltered workshops has always meant sweatshops for the disabled.  The time has come for this deplorable situation to be stopped.

Feds Take Aim At Sheltered Workshops

Leslie Winkler repackages plastic sprayers at Job One, a sheltered workshop for adults with disabilities in Independence, Mo. Proposed regulations would set new limits on who would be eligible to work in such environments. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City …
Niagara Gazette Article on Sheltered Workshops – Arc of …

EDITOR’S NOTE: March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and in support of the disability community and sheltered workshops in his district, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the …