Protect OMH & OPWDD Workers & Maintain Quality Care

A. 6085-A Ortiz / S. 5281-A Carlucci

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PROTECT OMH AND OPWDD WORKERS AND MAINTAIN QUALITY CARE

A. 6085-A Ortiz / S. 5281-A Carlucci

The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers and their families as well as our retirees and their families, supports the above-referenced legislation.

This legislation would prohibit Office of Mental Health and Office of People With Developmental Disabilities employers from requiring direct care workers to work more than sixty hours per week, except in cases of extraordinary emergency.

This legislation is necessary because direct care workers, those whose responsibilities include daily care and supervision of residents, are routinely scheduled for mandatory overtime, double shifts and denied requests for time off.  These practices have only been exacerbated by years of budget cuts, outsourcing and insufficient hiring.  As a result of chronic understaffing, those workers remaining are forced to take on unreasonable work schedules.  In addition to the harmful impact on workers, their own health and personal lives, these practices will no doubt cause quality of care to suffer.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.

For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.

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