So more than 200 home care workers and supporters wearing Santa Claus hats filled the board of supervisors meeting and delivered over-sized stockings of coal to each supervisor.
Workers sent the message that they are already living 17% below the self-sufficiency wage for a single individual living in San Jose and have already given back so much to the county and the community. It’s time to reopen the contract to bring home care workers on the path to independence.
“We are frontline public workers who help the most vulnerable members of our community to remain independent. Every day we help thousands of our seniors and people with disabilities live with dignity in the comfort of their own homes. Because of our work, more than 17,000 Santa Clara County residents are not living in nursing homes.”
– Tina Nguyen, home care provider
The Board of Supervisors got the message and the county will now reopen the contract.
Congratulations, Santa Clara County home care workers!
What’s next: Stay tuned for future actions and bargaining updates.