Press Release: Late IHSS payments leading to evictions

Media Advisory – Jan. 24, 2012

Contact: Jerry Jimenez,  (408) 678-3391

SAN JOSE – A backlog of late payments to In Home Supportive Care (IHSS) workers is leading to eviction notices and economic hardship for some of our most vulnerable residents – home care workers.

Hundreds of home care workers will urge the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors today to provide the most basic treatment that all workers need: Getting paid on time.

Home care workers are facing a financial crisis. Many workers have not received checks for months, forcing them to borrow money from friends and family, succumb to predatory payday loans at 466% interest, or even sell gold jewelry and dental work.

WHAT: Home care workers urge the county today to provide the most basic treatment that all workers need: Getting paid on time

WHEN: Today, Jan. 24, 1 p.m. (Immediately following the State of the County address)

WHERE: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, 70 W. Hedding, San Jose

VISUALS: Hundreds of home care workers wearing red signs showing how late their paychecks are.

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The Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. For more information, visit www.seiu521.org

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