Saturday, December 28, 2019

Why Home Care Should Be Regulated.

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The home care industry is at a crossroads. It's either going to get better and agencies are going to start doing what they need to do, or it will keep getting worse.

Currently in the state of Idaho a Home Care Aide, doesn't require any kind of training or licensing. In fact when you are hired by a home care agency. They give you a packet of paperwork, an answer key, and have you fill everything out. Then they try to get you out in the field as soon as possible. The only training that is provided is when there is a special skill required.

In May of 2019, Mr. Benjamin Reed, 38, died as a result of injuries from scalding hot water. The agency, Boise-based A Caring Hand, was the one that provided the Home Care Aide. However, the Aide wasn't given any training. Training that would have prevented what happened to Mr. Reed.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Unions Need To Join Forces To Terminate Right To Work Laws.

Right To Work (RTW) laws are bad for workers because it isn’t about having the right to work. It’s about cutting the legs out from under unions and workers' rights. The 28 states that have right-to-work laws on the books is because the GOP and major corporations like Walmart and McDonald's teamed up to make it happen.

Billionaires that wanted to keep workers' rights to a bare minimum are why those 28 states have this horrible law on the books. Idaho isn’t any different. The GOP put it on the ballet in the mid-1980s and then pushed for it hard. They did so because they were looking out for big business and not the average worker.

Advocates for these kinds of laws don’t care about the front-line workers. They care about their profit margins and they care about being able to get rid of anyone that might be a danger to their profits. So anyone that might speak up about the poor pay and the lack of benefits could be fired without cause.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Idaho's Right To Work Law Hurts It's Workers

I'm going to be talking about how Right To Work laws hurt workers in Idaho. However, I'm going to be mostly focusing on how Right To Work laws affect Home Care Aides (HCAs).

In 1987 Idaho's Right To Work law went into effect. In the years since, the amount of damage it has caused Idaho workers has been castistropic. Right To Work laws have one goal and one goal only. Which is to impact and damage unions, and give big business more power over their workers. Which currently means that employers in the state of idaho are not required to give meal or other kinds of  breaks. Idaho aligns with the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and frankly the state of idaho is fairly weak on protections for workers.

According to the 2002 Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis report (PDF) written by Emin M. Dinlersoz and Rubén Hernández-Murillo, "....the most obvious reason is that the passage of the law makes unions less attractive to workers because unions no longer have the ability to enforce payments and fines. These effects depress new union organizing and also deter the replacement of decertified unions. If a state’s labor force is growing, then less union organizing means also a reduction in the union membership rate."

It's the the strategy of the conservative right to weaken unions with Right To Work laws, and the best way for them to do that is to undermine the financial stability of the unions that are working to protect workers. The best way to do that is to deny the unions the means to campaign and to pay the union officials that are working for the union members.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Looking For Volunteers

Hey all!

We are looking for Volunteers to write posts, be part of street teams, do social media promotion and to just generally help get the word out. We need to build a team that will be passionate about getting the ball rolling to unionize Idaho Home Care Aides.

If you think you would like to be part of this project please email us at, like the Facebook Page, and follow us on Twitter!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Why Training is Important

When I took my first In Home Care job in 2002, I got one day of training. My first client was a quadriplegic who needed to have just about everything done for him. I had to get him out of bed using a hoyer lift, I had to feed him, when it was meal time, and I had to make sure he was taking his meds at the right time. When I started to take care of him overnight. I would have to turn him about every two hours. the one day of training was so i could learn how to get him into the hoyer lift sling.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Why Paid Time Off and Affordable Health Insurance is so important.

At anytime there is an in home care provider taking care of an elderly or disabled individual who is susceptible to getting sick. As Care Providers it's our responsibility to stay home when we are sick. However currently in Idaho in home care providers don't get paid sick leave. So if we don't work we don't get paid. Which then forces us to have to decided if we are going to work and put our clients health at risk, or if we are going to stay home and lose money that could pay for food or other bills.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Why Unionize?

Hey it's our first post! How awesome is that?! So I thought I would kick things off with a question. Why Join A Union? Well it's a fairly simple answer really. One that over that last hundred plus year of organized labor has been able to answer again and again with both action and examples backing up those actions.

Let me just start off by telling a bit of history, and telling you a bit about why and where #UnionizeIdaho came from, and why we exist.

Before we dive into why we should unionize, I would like to take a few moments to tell you who I am and why I am so passionate about this cause.