SEIU 2015 Caregivers rally outside Board of Supervisors meetings in response to county, again, offering $0 wage increase
Caregivers call out county on its “anti-poverty” work as it forces its workers to remain in poverty
San Bernardino, CA — Over the last year, San Bernardino County caregivers of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program represented by SEIU 2015, the seniors and people with disabilities they care for, and the community at large have advocated for a livable wage and solutions that will lift the over 26,000 IHSS county caregivers out of poverty. However, at a recent bargaining session earlier this month, county representatives offered — again — a $0 wage increase to this workforce.
The bargaining committee, made up of SEIU 2015 IHSS caregivers, rallied today as the San Bernardino County Supervisors gathered for their weekly meeting and demanded that County Supervisors seek answers as to why county representatives refuse to represent the ideals of the County of San Bernardino and its efforts to address poverty.
In an op-ed appearing in the San Bernardino Sun and penned by SEIU Local 2015 Regional Vice President Enrique Camacho, he too, called out the county on their irony of “addressing poverty” when the county refuses to lift the workers who they negotiate with out of poverty.
“I’m fed up with the county telling us $0 for the past several years,” said Camacho who cares for his autistic sons. “They’re not listening to us. They hear us but we need then to listen. If this workforce doesn’t have a livable wage, less and less people are going to want to do this job. It worries me because who’s going to want to take care of my sons when I’m gone?”
Over a hundred caregivers participated in today’s rally and were joined by a broad array of consumers and community allies, including: American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU), Field Representative Maha Rizvi from Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, Teamsters 1932, UFCW 1167, Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Central Labor Council for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, Rev Samuel J Casey from Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (C.O.P.E.), California Partnership (CAP), and Option House.