‘They’re only getting more essential.’ California home caregivers seek statewide bargaining power

The Sacramento Bee | February 17, 2023

California’s in-home caregivers, a historically underpaid workforce that serves a rapidly aging population, could receive a significant boost in bargaining power under a new bill introduced Friday.

The In-Home Support Services Employee-Employer Relations Act, authored by Assemblyman Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, would allow the state’s in-home supportive services caregivers to unite under one statewide bargaining unit. They would negotiate with the Department of Health Care Services. Currently, workers bargain county-by-county with the boards of supervisors. Most only pay within a dollar or two of the minimum wage.

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