Press Release : We Care Fresno
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: TUESDAY, AUGUST 23
CONTACT: Maria Xiquin 559-360-6692 (Organizer)
Melissa Uribe 213-590-9091 (English/Spanish)
In-Home Caregivers to Fresno County Board of Supervisors: It’s Been 8 Years, Shame on You!
Hundreds of home care workers to deliver petitions signed by community to the Board of Supervisors
FRESNO, CA – It’s been eight years since Fresno County Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved a raise for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Providers. Tomorrow, over a hundred home care workers will deliver over 700 petitions signed by members of the community proclaiming: Those who care for the most vulnerable in our communities should live with dignity and deserve a path to earning $15 an hour. “We tried negotiating with the county for a fair contract,” said Denise Wasson, who cares for her two grandchildren who have Fragile X Syndrome. “We put the ball in their court and they ignored it. We said from day one that we wouldn’t give up until we’ve reached a fair contract and we are going to show them that we don’t stand alone in this fight.” IHSS providers care for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
Even though they bring an additional $164 million of new monies into the local economy each year, Fresno County IHSS providers currently make $10.25 and haven’t received a raise since 2009. Dozens of IHSS providers have attended BOS meetings since the beginning of the year. They’ve presented them with an economic impact report summarizing that a wage increase to the workforce would continue to lead to economic benefits to the local economy, and they’ve shared personal stories of how difficult it is to survive on today’s current wage of $10.25. Even so, the county has continuously offered a meager contract at the bargaining table with poverty wages or eliminating their health benefits.
WHO: Over a hundred Fresno County home care workers
WHAT: Home care workers to deliver over 700 petitions to the BOS
WHEN: TUESDAY AUGUST 23, 2016 during Public Comments
WHERE: Board Chambers 2281 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA 93721
VISUALS: Home care workers wearing purple shirts and stickers saying “Shame on You!” www.seiu2015.org Twitter: @SEIU2015 Facebook.com/SEIU2015 and chanting, “It’s been 8 years – shame on you!”
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SEIU Local 2015 With representational responsibility for over 325,000 home care and nursing home workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the biggest long term care union in California. 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.