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VENTURA COUNTY HOME CARE WORKERS WIN NEW CONTRACT
County approves wage increase to $13.46
Ventura County — Today, home care workers with the county’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program voted to approve a new contract with higher wages. This contract marks the end of months of negotiations with the Board of Supervisors, a campaign the members of SEIU 2015 embarked on early last year.
“When we fight, we win,” said Vickey Manning, who resides in Ventura and has been a caregiver for over 15 years. “This win isn’t just for us but for the seniors and people with disabilities that we care for. I love being a caregiver but it’s hard to do this job when I have to struggle to pay the rent or bills. This new contract will definitely help.”
There are about 5,000 seniors and people with disabilities in Ventura County who depend on an IHSS caregiver to survive. These caregivers assist with the most intimate of tasks to the most basic, such as: bathing, toileting, administering medication, cleaning feeding and trach tubes, buying groceries, or driving to doctor’s appointments.
This contract win comes at a time when the demand for home care workers is steadily on the rise — job demand is expected to increase by 22.5% (an additional 1,370 jobs) by 2024. As the baby boomers reach their golden years it is clear that the need for caregivers is only going continue to increase.
“We held Senior Care Crisis forums in Ventura County and discovered that a lot of people are unaware of the growing demand for in-home care,” said Sergio Donis, Regional Director for SEIU 2015. “A recent UC Berkeley report highlighted that in six years at least 200,000 additional home care workers will be needed to tend to the seniors and disabled persons in need of home care. People need to be talking about this and addressing this. In Ventura County we took our step forward by fighting for a contract with better pay that will keep this workforce attracted to the job.”
The new contract will put Ventura County IHSS workers at $13.46 by 2020 and from that point on their pay will always stay 64 cents above the minimum wage.
Ventura County caregivers with the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
lobbying the Board of Supervisors for a new contract