UC Hastings Pilipino American Law Society (PALS)


KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! HOMECARE COMMUNITY FORUM & TRAINING by Paul Rivera
July 31, 2008, 5:39 am
Filed under: Community Outreach

[via Filipinos for Affirmative Action]

Alagaan natin ang mga nag aalaga saatin – caring for those who care for us

A Know Your Rights training, Q&A with Immigration Attorney, and discussion on building a Homecare Community network.

This is a FREE event for caregivers and employers.
Lunch will be served.

St. Anne’s Church (Cabello & Dyer Street)
Saturday, August 2, 2008
10 AM – 1 PM
Room 104

If you need transportation or have any questions, contact Katie Joaquin at 510-465-9876 x301.

Know Your Rights Brochure and Caring For Health Care Workers Brochure

Why was this project started?
Thousands of visas are issued every year to Filipinos planning to work as health workers in the United States. The Philippines has increasingly become a source of health care workers to fill the growing need for immigrant labor in U.S. homecare. Both the Overseas Filipino Workers and the U.S.-born Filipinos that take these jobs play a critical role in caring for elderly and special needs people, yet they report unhealthy work environments, harassment and unfair working conditions.
We started this project in the belief that all workers & immigrants have the right to respect & dignity at work, and can improve their working & living conditions!

What are the project’s goals?
To empower homecare workers to improve their working conditions by:
1. Helping workers develop safe workplace environments & advocate for long-term job stability;
2. Supporting workers in moving to more stable sectors of the health industry; and
3. Setting the stage for policy changes that strengthen homecare worker safety & rights.
Through these goals, we will strive for just, healthy and permanent work for homecare workers and their families; and, more stable services for patients.

Program Activities & Resources
magpalakas ka, palakasin ang komunidad natin

Support group
– Spaces for merienda, support & discussion with other Filipino homecare workers

Survival resources

-Immigration assistance
-Legal service referrals
-Healthcare referrals

Support for moving into better jobs
-Mapping your path to a CNA, LVN, or more stable position in health industry
-Financial Planning

Understanding health & safety risk factors
-Mapping out Health & Safety risks
-Violence prevention

Leadership development
-Knowing and advocating for your rights
-Immigrants rights
-Negotiating a contract

How to Get Involved…
We invite you to be active in leading the work of this project! The program work will be shaped by homecare worker participation, feedback and leadership.

To get involved, fill out the contact information form & return it to one of the Filipinos for Affirmative Action offices.

You can email Katie or also call Katie or Ed at 510.465.9876 for the next meeting or training date or for more info.

…strengthen yourself, strengthen your community!

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