San Bernardino County Home Care Workers Announce Tentative Agreement with County at Victory Rally
After going 10 years without a wage increase from the County, SEIU Local 2015 IHSS providers and County officials reach tentative agreement.
San Bernardino (11/20/19) — After nearly a year of recent negotiations with county representatives and going 10 years without a wage increase from the county, San Bernardino County caregivers with the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program held a victory rally on Tuesday (11/19) to announce a tentative agreement reached with County officials.
“We’ve worked long and hard to make long term care a county priority,” said Dereck Smith, Executive Vice President of SEIU Local 2015. “By voting to approve the Tentative Agreement, IHSS providers will receive a wage increase that will remain above the minimum wage as it continues to go up and increase funding to expand health care.”
The Tentative Agreement will lift caregiver wages and improve health benefits. Upon ratification and approval by the state, San Bernardino IHSS workers will receive a $0.25 raise with another $0.25 raise on July 1, 2020. Thereafter, wages will go up every time the minimum wage goes up to always be $0.50 above. In addition to the wage increase, there will be an additional $0.25 per hour placed toward health care – allowing for us to more than triple the number of IHSS workers covered by healthcare. The contract will also help ensure that IHSS workers have access to gloves, medical masks and antibacterial soap.
Ratification will run through December 4th with a final vote count on the 5th. If ratified by the membership, we expect the agreement will go before the Board of Supervisors for a vote on December 10th.