San Benito County IHSS ratify of their tentative agreement on new union contract

May 31, 2024
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Latest update 5/31/2024 on San Benito County IHSS ratifying their Tentative Agreement
Home care providers and workers in San Benito County have officially ratified their agreement with the Board of Supervisors, guaranteeing them a $1.65 per hour wage increase. When you add in the current 0.80 cents wage supplement, it means these caregivers will be earning $2.45 above the minimum wage over the next three years! This agreement will result in nearly a 10% pay raise for IHSS care providers in the county, giving them a well-deserved boost in their earnings. Read the full press release here.

Latest update 4/18/2024 on San Benito County IHSS Tentative Agreement 

We are thrilled to announce that, as of today, San Benito County IHSS home care providers have reached a tentative agreement! Additionally, we secured a new wage increase of $1.65, which, when combined with the current 0.80 cents wage supplement, will place San Benito County providers $2.45 above the minimum wage for the next three years. Furthermore, we were successful in maintaining the 0.20 cents contribution towards vision and dental benefits. Stay tuned for more details!

San Benito County IHSS contract over the last 8 months.

IHSS members are still in negotiations with the County’s Board of Supervisors. You’ll hear more details soon, so stay tuned!

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Over the last 8 months, San Benito County IHSS workers have gathered at the San Benito Board of Supervisors office to speak out on their demand for adequate healthcare benefits/livable wages amidst contract negotiations.

Currently, San Benito is the only county in the Central Coast that does not give healthcare to providers. As a result long-term care workers are leaving their jobs to relocate and work new positions with better contracts that include healthcare benefits. Some care providers are even leaving the long term care industry altogether.

San Benito IHSS provider Norma Gutierrez is one example of a care provider leaving San Benito county to seek healthcare coverage. Norma lived in Hollister, a city in San Benito County, where IHSS providers have no healthcare benefits. She ultimately moved to Santa Clara where health benefits are offered to IHSS providers.

Several protests took place at the San Benito Board of Supervisor Hall, where IHSS providers expressed their frustration over the lack of a contract addressing low wages and the absence of healthcare. Community allies joined them in their cause. Read the full article here

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