San Benito County’s long-term care providers speak out to demand access to healthcare

Press Contact:
Terry Carter, 213 uies
July 24, 2023

Tuesday, July 25th, 9am PT

San Benito Board of Supervisors County Administration Bldg.
481 4th St, 1st Floor
Hollister, CA 95023

Long-term care workers (members of SEIU 2015); Supporters and allies from the SEIU Local 2015 community; Hollister Mayor Mia Casey, San Juan Bautista City Councilmember Jackie Morris-Lopez, Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo, South Bay Labor Council, and San Benito County Latino Coalition

Press conference with San Benito In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers—members of SEIU Local 2015, the nation’s largest long-term care union and California’s largest labor union representing nearly 450,000 nursing home workers and home care providers—to demand for adequate healthcare benefits—a critical issue which the Board of Supervisors has refused to address. 

San Benito is the only county in the Central Coast that refuses to give healthcare to providers, and San Benito long-term care workers are leaving their jobs to relocate and work new positions with contracts inclusive of healthcare benefits. This shortage of care providers means people aren’t getting the care they need. Last year, more than 34,000 authorized care hours went unused in the county. Unless these become better jobs, care providers will continue to leave this profession for fast food, warehouse, retail, restaurant and other jobs that have started paying substantially more.

Press Contacts:                                                                                           
DKC News                                                                                                                                                                                 

Terry Carter
(805) 312-0024

On Site Contact:                                                                            
Ernesto Reyes
(559) 287-6362