Working 24 hours but only paid for 13 is slavery: Provided audio is from an April 2023 rally in New York City where homecare workers and their supporters protest 24-hour shifts for which they are paid for only 13 hours, sometimes occurring multiple consecutive days. The City Council (now majority women and minority) promised to end this abuse but didn’t. The State is also reneging on a promised wage increase for homecare workers. Speakers in various languages, with translation, include workers, organizers, feminists, former officials, and a tech worker with a similar problem.
The audio is credited to Building Bridges on WBAI-FN NYC. Additional information was culled by Frieda Werden from sources including https://www.researchgate.net/publication/230212218_Organizing_Home_Health-Care_Workers;
https://inthesetimes.com/article/insurance-companies-are-destroying-new-yorks-home-care-industry; and, https://www.amny.com/new-york/manhattan/neighborhoods/lower-manhattan/workers-rally-outside-city-hall-protest-24-hour-workday/.
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