Seniors and People with Disabilities Show Support for San Joaquin County Caregivers and Their Fight for Livable Wages
Supporters testify before the County Board of Supervisors – demanding they lift caregivers out of poverty
Stockton, CA – Today, seniors and people with disabilities who receive in-home care through the county’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program spoke before the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors to show their support and call upon county leaders to give their caregivers a much needed raise.
IHSS providers, who are caregivers to low-income county seniors and people with disabilities, currently earn just minimum wage and have been in negotiations with the county for over 4 months – fighting for a wage that allows them to provide for their own families.
“My caregiver is always there for me, but I also know that she and all of the other healthcare providers have a household to support and they need to be able to support their families too,” said Karletta Holden, an IHSS care recipient.
Six thousand San Joaquin County IHSS providers provide vital care to over 7,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities throughout the county. In recent negotiations county representatives continued to offer workers NO wage increase.
“Caregivers shouldn’t be expected to live in poverty yet provide care for the most vulnerable members of our society,” stated IHSS provider Gina Catillano.
“I have a duty to express my views and give input on issues that affect my community,” said Anjeneau Ward, an IHSS provider. “As a home care provider I feel obligated to do my part in vocalizing the needs of the 6,000 homecare providers who diligently take care of the people in need in our county. IHSS providers deserve a fair shake, a fair contract, and a fair wage.”
According to the California State Plan on Aging, by 2030 the San Joaquin County senior population will have gone up by nearly 90%. This increase will only create greater demand for the cost-effective care provided by IHSS caregivers. However, as reported by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, the ability to retain and attract the necessary workers to provide this care will become more difficult unless wages reflect a more livable wage that lifts caregivers out of poverty. According to MIT, the cost of living in San Joaquin County for 1 adult and 1 child is $25.85 an hour – nearly twice as much as the current IHSS wage of $12.
San Joaquin County IHSS Providers are joined by seniors and people with disabilities at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting
Representing over 385,000 home care, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living center workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the largest Local in California.
Our members represent every race, every faith, and every ethnicity but are united in their commitment to caring for California’s most vulnerable; seniors and the disabled.
It is our mission to unleash the collective power of long term care workers, their families, and their communities; harness the power of technology;
and, build a broad movement to disrupt the unjust status quo in order to bring lasting transformational change towards a more just society for all.