Latest threat to homecare hurts all of us

By Vibiana Saavedra, caregiver, Santa Barbara County

Vibiana Saavedra speaking out to protect homecare at the State Capitol

Vibiana Saavedra speaking out to protect homecare at the State Capitol

Right now, California caregivers and our families are facing uncertain times: from cuts to IHSS, to a potential 40-hour-per-week limit on provider hours. We are fighting back together to preserve care for IHSS clients like my daughter Malinda.

And now comes the latest blow, a national court case called Harris vs. Quinn, which threatens quality care and the IHSS program as we know it.

In an attempt to weaken the collective voice of working people, anti-worker billionaires have pushed Harris vs. Quinn all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. This case isn’t about one caregiver from Illinois trying to avoid paying union dues: it’s a coordinated effort by a billionaire-backed organization that has been attacking working families since 1968.

The Right to Work Legal Foundation—the group behind Harris vs. Quinn—has ties to the Koch brothers and Walmart heirs. It’s part of a deep-pocketed network pushing laws to erase collective bargaining rights and cut vital social programs like IHSS. Their aim? To take away the collective power of workers so that they can make even more money.

The reason they’ve turned their attention to homecare is simple: ours is a system that works. Our union enables us to stand up for dignity and respect for seniors and people with disabilities. We are the voice that defeated a 20% cut to IHSS hours in court and won the right to overtime pay for all caregivers last year.

Time and time again, it has been organized homecare providers who have fought to save and improve the IHSS program in California. We are a threat to the agenda of corporate billionaires because we stand up for working people.

If the Right to Work Legal Foundation is successful, we will have less power to come together and protect homecare. But that won’t stop us. My daughter’s care comes first and that is why I joined our union, so that I can have the resources to protect her. Everyone deserves to have the freedom to be cared for in the comfort of their own home, and we must fight to make sure that homecare doesn’t become a thing of the past.

I ask that you stand with me and our union of 65,000 caregivers to stop greedy billionaires from hurting homecare.

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