Workers pushing cars have taken the lead in the push for overtime pay for frontline care employees, as they work from their homes in hopes of keeping them on track.
A coalition of workers have filed a federal lawsuit to force the National Labor Relations Board to issue a new collective bargaining agreement.
The plaintiffs are pushing for overtime compensation of $5 an hour to help pay for their health insurance costs, and a ban on employers retaliating against workers who are unionized.
They’re also asking for a federal court order to compel the Department of Labor to provide overtime pay.
In addition, they want to be allowed to use the money to pay for rent and food, as well as for car care.
They’re asking for overtime and a “living wage” of $15 an hour for the front line workers, which they say would be higher than what they’re currently making.
“If you can’t afford to pay the rent and to live, then the other workers need to be paid at least that,” said one worker.
“They’re trying to make it work for the people who are working here, but it’s really hard.”
The workers have been pushing for the new labor agreement since March, but the Department has yet to respond to the suit.
The workers who signed onto the lawsuit are from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency that investigates workplace accidents and illnesses, including those at the workplace.
The lawsuit argues that overtime is paid under a federal law known as the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Under the law, employers are required to provide employees at least minimum wage and overtime.
Overtime can be paid to employees for overtime hours worked during regular working hours, or overtime hours when the employee is performing work on the job for a client, for example.
The NLRB, which enforces the law as it relates to workers, has declined to make a ruling on the new agreement.