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 volunteer@unionizeidaho.org, 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.