Bakersfield: California’s Long-Term Care Workers’ Statewide Caravan Campaigns in Bakersfield In Support of AB 1672—the “Our Care Counts” Bill

Press Contact:
Terry Carter, 213 uies
May 5, 2023


Caregivers are leading the way to fix California’s broken long-term care industry with a statewide bus tour in support of the “Our Care Counts” bill 

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 2023, 10 AM – 11 AM PT 

WHERE: Dr. Jesmeet Bains’ office at 1430 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 

WHO: Bakersfield In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers, supporters and allies from the SEIU Local 2015 community, and United Domestic Workers (UDW) members.

WHAT: California’s IHSS workers are arriving in Bakersfield as part of a statewide caravan bus tour demanding California elected officials to pass the “Our Care Counts” Bill – or Assembly Bill 1672 – that would improve the pay and benefits of hundreds of thousands of essential home care providers across California by enabling statewide collective bargaining. 

This bus tour will mobilize thousands of care providers and their supporters at various campaign events across the state, from Fresno and San Bernardino to San Francisco and San Benito. The bus tour will culminate with a powerful rally at the steps of the capitol in Sacramento. (See map) (See Care-a-Van schedule)

WHY: IHSS caregivers face rising costs of living, inflation, and economic uncertainty, making it even more critical to standardize the industry statewide and push for higher wages and benefits so they can continue their essential work for California’s rapidly aging population and our community members with disabilities.

This legislation, launched in partnership with the United Domestic Workers (UDW), would enable workers to negotiate directly with the State to make changes needed to recruit, train, and retain the home care workforce California needs.

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On Site Contacts:
Terry Carter
(805) 312-0024