Sacramento Board of Supervisors approve new union contract for 34,000 home care providers

Press Contact:
Mara Ortenburger
March 26, 2024

County IHSS workers—mostly women and people of color—campaigned for needed improvements to wages and benefits

Sacramento County, CA – The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers of SEIU Local 2015, the nation’s largest long-term care union representing more than 450,000 caregivers across California, ratified a new union contract with the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in a vote earlier this month. Today, County Supervisors voted  to approve the agreement, successfully concluding negotiations. The contract includes:

  • A $1.25 wage supplement, raising wages from $17.00 to $18.15 upon implementation 
  • Scheduled increases over the next 3 years resulting in a $19.75 wage by January 2027
  • A first-time investment of $90,000 in caregiving-related training and education
  • $60,000 in new funding for personal protective equipment

The new contract is also projected to generate millions of new dollars for Sacramento County through additional tax revenue and incentives from the State and Federal governments. Due to funding incentives from State and Federal sources, Sacramento County only pays 16% of the new cost for IHSS wage increases. Additionally, IHSS workers spend their money locally, ensuring these increased wages will have a direct, immediate, and positive impact in our community.

“Home care providers are on the frontlines of California’s long-term care crisis, and our work needs to be understood, respected, and compensated,” said Abdullah Awad, IHSS provider and SEIU Local 2015 Bargaining Team Member. “We need to attract people to this profession and make sure these are quality jobs – this contract is a step in the right direction.”

“IHSS providers wear many hats, and we handle diverse tasks to ensure the well-being of seniors and people with disabilities – from wound care to injections to mobility assistance,” said Sharon Duchessi, IHSS provider and SEIU Local 2015 Bargaining Team Member. “I’m glad the county will begin investing in training so we can stay informed and keep our clients and ourselves safe.”

Today’s announcement marked a significant step forward in the Union’s statewide push for living wages for long-term care providers.

“I am moved by the strength and solidarity of our Sacramento members – their commitment to improving long-term care in the county will be felt across the entire state,” said SEIU Local 2015 Executive Vice President, Kim Evon. “Their efforts in Sacramento, along with our campaign to win statewide bargaining, brings us closer to a Future of Care where all caregivers and care recipients can live with dignity and thrive.”

SEIU Local 2015 is committed to advocating for policies and workplace improvements that support IHSS workers and those they care for in accessing the resources we need to survive and thrive in our communities.

To learn more about SEIU Local 2015 visit or on social media @SEIU2015.