Raising their voices for a living wage, caregivers of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 2015, rallied outside the Board of Supervisors meeting last week.
For more than a year the county’s 26,000 IHSS caregivers have raised their voices for the right to earn a wage conducive to lifting them out of poverty. Yet, despite their pleas, earlier this month the board once again failed to offer them a pay increase.
These individuals care for the county’s seniors and those with disabilities. In a recent Op Ed, SEIU Local 2015 Regional Vice President Enrique Camacho called out county officials for the irony of their claims of “addressing poverty” while at the same time they refuse “to lift the workers who they negotiate with out of poverty.”