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.