Sacramento, Ca. -- Senate Bill 1188 by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) to allow home care workers to be on duty for 24 or more consecutive hours -- as long as they enter into a voluntary written agreement to do so -- was defeated on a party line vote by the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee today by Democrats who, once again, put the interests of labor unions above the needs of senior citizens who desire to stay in their homes but cannot not afford to do so.
“Seniors depend on private home care services to stay healthy in their own homes and to avoid institutionalization,” said Senator Stone. “Their specific and unique needs require flexibility in how a home care provider can best provide care.”
SB 1188 would have authorized a private in-home care worker to be on duty for 24 or more consecutive hours, as long as they enter into a voluntary written agreement. It would exclude those workers from “hours worked” during their 8 hours of sleep.
“With the voluntary agreement in place, seniors would not be forced to pay wages for the in-home care provider while that person was sleeping, reducing the cost of care and allowing more seniors to stay in their homes,” said Senator Stone.
SB 1188 was similar to a bill Senator Stone introduced last year. There was then bipartisan agreement this was an issue that needed to be addressed, and members of the committee sought additional employee protections before moving forward.
Senator Stone took the committee’s recommendations to heart and added those protections in the current bill.
Even so, the powerful unions that control so much of what goes on in Sacramento continue to have their way.
“I’m disappointed, but not surprised, that the interests of a special select class of union workers seem to be more important than the needs of our senior citizens who want nothing more than to be able to afford to live out their golden years in the comfort of their own homes,” concluded Senator Stone.
Watch Senator Stone’s closing argument here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsz12qEaiQc