May 24, 2024 12:39 am
5-day hunger strike successfully ends 24-hour home health aide shifts

A group of 20 women, all home health aides, ended their five-day hunger strike outside City Hall in New York. The strike aimed to pressure the city to ban 24-hour shifts for healthcare aides. The women were met with flowers and applause as they ended their protest.

Lai Yee Chan, a 69-year-old home health aide who has been working for 22 years, spoke through a translator about the toll that the long shifts took on her. She said that she was fighting not just for herself but for the next generation of home care workers. Councilman Christopher Marte, who introduced a bill in the City Council to ban these shifts, shared his personal story about his mother working long hours as a home attendant.

Marte argued that insurance companies and home care agencies prioritize profits over the wellbeing of their workers. Some opponents of the bill argue that this issue should be addressed at the state level. Despite concerns about healthcare costs and service gaps, organizers plan to continue their fight with more protests in the future.

The demand for more healthcare aides is increasing while the workforce population decreases. Marte emphasized the importance of not having anyone work for 24-hour shifts, stating it could lead to burnout and impact patient care quality. The hunger strikers are taking some time to rest and recharge before continuing their fight against long shifts in healthcare workplaces.

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