by nicholasj on March 13, 2013 with 0 Comments in Featured , Humboldt
“I’m glad we’re finally able to move forward. The real winners today are the people we care for. Better pay for county Caregivers means better care for our seniors and disabled,” said Lewis following a closed session where the county’s Board of Supervisors, acting as the Governing Board of the IHSS Public Authority, approved an agreement that included a historic first-time wage increase for county homecare workers.
The agreement comes after nearly two years of efforts to bargain a first-time contract for county homecare workers that included weekly testimony at Board of Supervisor meetings, public rallies, a Fact Finding hearing, multiple mediation attempts, and an extensive media campaign. County homecare workers were joined in their efforts by the county’s seniors and disabled, fellow labor organizations, faith leaders, elected officials and various county residents and organizations supportive of homecare. Prior to the agreement, county homecare workers had never received a wage increase above the state minimum wage.
“Today is a great victory for homecare workers that have lived in poverty for over a decade in Humboldt County. I’m happy that our members now have a chance to ratify their first ever contract,” said CUHW Statewide President Gail Ennis.
The agreement has yet to be ratified by county homecare workers and must also receive final approval from the state and county before the negotiated wage increase takes effect. A mail ballot election will be conducted by a state mediation service to ratify the agreement.
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