On Monday Jan. 27, home care workers and clients took over the 10th floor of 70 West Hedding, where the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has its offices. The protesters held a sit-in against the county’s lack of investment in the In-Home Supportive Service program, and the low wages paid to its workers.
There were protest songs, and workers took turns speaking to the crowd about poor wages and the county’s unwillingness to raise the living standards of home care workers.
Santa Clara County’s 17,000 home care workers are its lowest paid employees, earning an average annual income of $11,564 in 2013. This is 65% below the self-sufficiency income threshold. The situation is so dire that many are living at or below the federal poverty line and are forced to rely on federal and state welfare programs.
At approximately 4:00 p.m., County Supervisor Dave Cortese addressed the crowd committing his support for investing in home care.
“You have my support… my answer’s yes,” said Cortese. He then went on to encourage the home care workers to continue their campaign, “like everything else in this county that deals with money it takes three votes on the board of supervisors. So you’re going to have to keep talking to each individual supervisor.”
Let’s keep the momentum going!
The next Quality Care @ Home action is set for Tuesday February 4 at 8:30 a.m.. For more details, click here.
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