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San Bernardino County Caregivers Held Action Outside of County’s Caregiver Appreciation Event in Response to Recent Contract Negotiations Where County Offered a $0 Raise to Workers
San Bernardino County (November 7, 2018) — Today, San Bernardino County Caregivers held an action outside of the County’s Caregiver Appreciation Event in response to their recent contract negotiations where the County Negotiator offered a $0 wage increase to the county’s 26,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Providers.
“We declined the county’s invitation to their annual Caregiver Appreciation event because, as a caregiver, I don’t feel appreciated,” said 32-year-old Victoria Osorio, IHSS Provider in Yucaipa. “The county showed how much they appreciate us when they offered us $0 at the bargaining table. The $0 was not just an insult to me and my coworkers, but the seniors and people with disabilities who depend on us every day to help them get by. The county is lying to the community when they say they appreciate caregivers and the work we do.”
At a contract bargaining meeting on October 23, San Bernardino County Negotiator Bob Windle met with member leaders of SEIU 2015 and offered $0 wage increase and 0 benefits.
“The fight goes on,” said Miguel Benitez, Lead Organizer for SEIU 2015’s San Bernardino County chapter. “The demand for home care in our communities is on the rise and as long as these workers keep making minimum wage, the county won’t be prepared to meet that demand. Giving up is not an option.”
According to the CA State Plan on Aging, senior population (60+) in the county is expected to increase 107% to 550,488 in less than 12 years. However, IHSS providers haven’t received a wage increase in over 10 years.
The next meeting with the county is on December 12, 2018. On November 21, SEIU 2015 will also be hosting a Caring For San Bernardino Rally.