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Chairman McCurdy: Thanks to Trump, Nevada’s Home Care Workers Are Underpaid and Undervalued

Today, as Joe Biden unveiled a plan to invest in the infrastructure of care in our country and ensure that caregivers are treated with respect and dignity, Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II called out Donald Trump’s record of attacking workers’ rights. 

“Home means Nevada to thousands of home care workers facing long hours and low wages, and these conditions have only been exacerbated as they serve on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus. But even though home care workers rely on unions to have a voice and a seat at the table, Donald Trump has fought to silence their voices and attack their right to organize for higher wages, better training, and good benefits. Thanks to Trump, Nevada’s home care workers are underpaid and undervalued. Now more than ever, Nevadans need a leader who will value care work, fight to create good-paying union jobs, and give workers the respect and dignity they deserve. Joe Biden is that leader and when he is President, workers in Nevada and across the country will have an ally in the White House.” 

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES

Promise: As a candidate, Donald Trump ran as “a champion of American workers and a friend of labor unions.” But as President, Trump has waged an all-out war on workers’ rights

Reality: The Trump Administration’s anti-worker agenda has specifically targeted home health care workers, blocking them from paying their union dues through Medicaid-funded wages. 

Reality: Home care workers represent one of the fastest-growing occupations in our economy, but many are poorly paid and often lack health insurance. In Nevada, 1 in 4 home care workers live below the federal poverty line, and the median wage is $11.44 an hour

Reality: Trump has failed to prioritize protective equipment for health care workers on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus.