Contract improves access for PPE (personal protective equipment) for frontline caregivers
Stockton, CA (March 24, 2020) – Today, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved a new 3-year contract for the County’s 5,400 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers who provide care to roughly 6,500 seniors and people with disabilities. During the COVID-19 outbreak, caregivers are the key lifeline for the consumers who need them, and an important line of defense.
“This is a hard-fought victory for the frontline workers who are helping to protect some of our most vulnerable residents from contracting COVID-19,” said Anjeneau Ward, an IHSS provide and bargaining team member. “We would like to thank the Board of Supervisors for recognizing the important role we play as part of the County safety net for seniors and people with disabilities.”
The contract provides an immediate raise and keeps caregivers fifty cents above the State minimum wage as it rises, protects and expands access to healthcare for caregivers working more than 60 hours a month, and increases the availability of gloves, masks, and disinfectant hand wipes for both providers and care recipients.