Posts Tagged Put People First

IHSS providers in Riverside and San Diego move to state-level bargaining

IHSS providers in Riverside and San Diego move to state-level bargaining

June 12, 2015 This week, in a historic first meeting, homecare providers in Riverside County met with representatives from the state to prepare for contract negotiations at the state-level. Up until now, homecare workers have had to bargain for better wages and benefits at the county level, a frustrating process that has caused wages to stagnate in many counties throughout the state where lawmakers have refused to invest in IHSS. This changed for several counties with the passage of the SB 1036 in July 2012. A provision in the law allowed for the eight pilot counties to move from county to state-level bargaining. […]

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My son is the spark that flames my passion for fair wages and benefits

My son is the spark that flames my passion for fair wages and benefits

By Roxanne Bender Right now, IHSS providers in El Dorado County are standing together to demand a contract that honors the value of our work. We are paid minimum wage – $9 per hour – and haven’t had a raise in six years. My name is Roxanne Bender, and I am a homecare provider in El Dorado County. My full-time job is taking care of my son, Jacob, who is 38-years-old and dependent on me for all of his needs. From feeding him, to bathing him, to transporting him – I am there for him no matter what. In our […]

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Caring for California, part 4: United for a better future

Caring for California, part 4: United for a better future

May is Labor History Month, and this year we are celebrating the contributions of organized caregivers to build and protect a quality homecare program in California. This is the final post in a four-part series. Read the full Caring for California series: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4 Part 4: United for a Better Future Despite IHSS’ unparalleled success as a safety net for Californians, there has been aggressive backlash from both county and state politicians against funding homecare in California. But in the face of attempts to divide us, we have fought side-by-side with our […]

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Let’s remind our elected officials to protect homecare and Put People First

Let’s remind our elected officials to protect homecare and Put People First

We have had a lot of successes in the last year that saw raises in many counties as well as health care becoming available to more caregivers than ever before. Most recently, we saw a victory for caregivers in Stanislaus County: today members are voting on a wage increase after a hard-fought contract negotiation. Congratulations to everyone in Stanislaus! But we still have work to do. Contract negotiations are currently happening in Merced, Orange, Placer, and El Dorado where we need to make our voices heard. Merced caregiver Katrina Bucol said, “I care for my brother Randy and I promised […]

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He’s 94-years-old and he stormed the beach at Normandy

He’s 94-years-old and he stormed the beach at Normandy
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