Monterey County Board of Supervisors Approve New Contract For Home Care Workers
Monterey County IHSS Providers and seniors and people with disabilities they care for outside of a Blessing of the Caregivers event in 2018
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Monterey County — Today, a contract for home care workers with the county’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program represented by SEIU Local 2015 was voted on and approved by the County Board of Supervisors. This contract ratification marks the end of months of negotiations between union members and county officials.
Once approved by the Board of Supervisors, the new contract will put 4,000 Monterey County IHSS Providers at $15.29 an hour by 2021, and from that point on their pay will always stay $1.29 above the minimum wage. The current wage for IHSS Providers is $12.50 an hour.
“This contract victory was a win not just for caregivers, but for the seniors and people with disabilities that we care for,” said Kenia Amaya, who resides in Salinas and has been a caregiver for over 2 years. “I love being a caregiver but it’s hard to do this job when I have to struggle to pay the rent or bills. This new contract will definitely help.”
There are currently over 4,000 seniors and people with disabilities in Monterey County who depend on an IHSS Providers to survive. These caregivers assist with the most intimate of tasks to the most basic, such as: bathing, toileting, administering medication, cleaning feeding and trach tubes, buying groceries, or driving to doctor’s appointments.
This contract ratification comes at a time when the demand for home care workers is steadily on the rise — job demand is expected to increase by 22.5% (an additional 1,370 jobs) by 2024. As the baby boomers reach their golden years it is clear that the need for caregivers is only going continue to increase.
The contract win also included the new State-Mandated Paid Sick Leave and up to $5,000 each year for safety supplies, including: gloves, masks, and soap.
Representing over 385,000 home care, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living center workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the largest Local in California.
Our members represent every race, every faith, and every ethnicity but are united in their commitment to caring for California’s most vulnerable; seniors and the disabled.
It is our mission to unleash the collective power of long term care workers, their families, and their communities; harness the power of technology;
and, build a broad movement to disrupt the unjust status quo in order to bring lasting transformational change towards a more just society for all.