SEIU LOCAL 2015 CALLS ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM TO PROTECT, NOT CUT, VITAL CARE FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

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Now is not the time to cut care when we need it the most

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 2015 released the following statement from its president, April Verrett, in response to the Governor’s May Revised budget and its potential impact on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS):  

“Throughout the country, States are now facing the budget realities of a pandemic economy. Governor Newsom’s May Revised budget reflects clearly the urgent need for Federal stimulus. We stand with the Governor in demanding action from Washington immediately, but we also call on Governor Newsom to cancel any proposed cuts to critical frontline healthcare services for nearly 1 million California seniors and the people living with disabilities. Now is not the time to cut care when we need it the most. We need more resources to keep the most vulnerable among us safe and healthy during this crisis, not less.“We urge the Governor to embrace homecare workers as the solution to one of the state’s biggest challenges in the pandemic era: How to rapidly stand-up a community healthcare army to lead statewide testing, direct care, food delivery, and other essential care services in the fight against COVID-19. Choosing to invest in IHSS services may hold the key to re-opening California safely by flattening the curve and protecting our state’s seniors.”

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