From the University of Maryland Medical System, to John Hopkins Hospital, to DC homecare to the United Medical Center in DC, 1199SEIU is pressing for accountability in the expense of public dollars for the region’s health care.
Because of the District of Columbia’s 2014 Medicaid fraud investigation, homecare provider agencies were cut off from Medicaid funding. In April 2014, DC homeworkers employed by these agencies that were receiving public dollars were not paid, some for as long as three months while working under the threat from their employers of losing their license if they fail to see clients. At the end of April, DC homecare workers who are members of 1199SEIU reported unpaid wages and other apparent labor violations to the D.C. Department of Employment. In July 2014, there was launch of an effort by DC homecare workers and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East to get legal assistance for those who are owed unpaid wages and other benefits. Lawyers tell workers that they are entitled to unpaid wages and compensation if they have not been provided sick time, overtime or have not been paid in a timely manner. In December 2014, DC homecare workers also filed lawsuits for unpaid back wages, unpaid late wages, unpaid sick days overtime and other damages against several agencies. Together, the class action(s) could result in more than $150 million in back pay to thousands of workers.