After months of negotiations with little progress, Home care workers delivered this message to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on March 11: Fair contract NOW!
SEIU Local 521’s In-Home Supportive Services workers have been bargaining with the county since December. The county has canceled negotiation sessions and has overly prolonged the response time to workers’ proposals and information requests.
Meanwhile, while home care workers help the county’s most vulnerable residents to live independently at home, they earn 17% below the self-sufficiency wage for a person in San Jose.
On March 11, workers marched outside of the County of Santa Clara building then moved the action to the 10th floor to directly address the Board of Supervisors, who came out of closed session to listen to workers.
“All we are asking for is respect and that we bargain in good faith for a fair contract,” said home care worker David Tran to the supervisors. “Respect and independence is not too much. It is what all workers have earned through their sacrifices for our community.”