Homecare providers reach agreement with San Diego County

 

Will bring $7.1 million in new state and federal funds to the region

Homecare workers announced today that they have reached an agreement with San Diego County.

The new contract secures additional state and federal resources for in-home care for seniors and San Diegans with disabilities. It increases wages for the county’s more than 20,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers from $9.50 to $9.85 an hour — their first raise in more than four years. It will take effect once it is ratified by caregivers, voted upon by the County Board of Supervisors, and approved by the State.

“This agreement is a win-win for our neighborhoods, community caregivers and the San Diegans they serve,” said Doug Moore, Executive Director of United Domestic Workers (UDW)/AFSCME Local 3930. “It will generate an estimated $26 million in local economic activity and bring approximately $7.1 million in new state and federal dollars to the region.”

Joe Reilly, a 94 year old retiree and World War II veteran, also applauded the agreement. “This will help strengthen the IHSS program, one of the most humane, cost-effective programs in our state. It will make it easier for thousands of San Diego seniors and people with disabilities to get the homecare they need to survive.”

As baby boomers age, homecare has become the fastest growing occupation in America. A recent study found that one of the biggest obstacles to workforce stability in the homecare industry is low wages and few benefits.

Editha Adams, an IHSS caregiver from Rancho Bernardo and president of UDW said, “We are glad the county has recognized that raising standards for community caregivers not only helps the providers and the people we serve, but also the local economy and all of San Diego’s working families.”

United Domestic Workers of America (UDW)/AFSCME Local 3930 is made up of over 65,000 in-home caregivers across the state of California.

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