Home care workers fight for a living wage

San Mateo County home care providers
Home care workers in  San Mateo County continue their protest against the county’s unwillingness to negotiate for fair wages and benefits.

Home care providers care for the elderly and people with disabilities by allowing them to live independently at home. Their work saves taxpayers millions of dollars annually and even though the count has over $300 million in surplus, they continue to offer home care providers $2.55 annually with healthcare takeaways.

“We are given poverty wages and many of us qualify for public assistance. I work seven days a week for one client… I don’t get paid overtime. I have no weekends. $11.50 an hour is not enough. How can you expect home care providers to survive in this county?”
– Fe Astrero, San Mateo County Home Care Provider

Many of the more than 5,000 home care providers in San Mateo County are not getting enough hours. They are on call all day, every day, making it even more difficult to survive on the hours and pay provided by the county.

“I stand here today representing the home care providers who could not be at this meeting because they literally work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their clients require full-time care and they are tremendously dedicated to this work. We cannot allow them to live in poverty.”
– Tonya York, SEIU Local 521 Region 6 Vice President

After speaking in front of the Board of Supervisors on Oct. 21, home care providers chanted “Be fair to home care” as they marched out of the supervisors’ chambers.

Putting our Community First

Today’s action followed actions we had on September 30, September 9 and August 5.

On September 30, court workers joined our San Mateo County home care providers to protest the county’s disrespect and disregard for a critical workforce that helps the elderly and people with disabilities live independently at home.

On September 9, residents and workers of San Mateo County highlighted that Silicon Valley has become ground zero for the growing disparity between the haves and have-nots. Compensation for the lowest-paid employees has not kept pace with economic growth.

On August 5, residents and workers of San Mateo County called on county leaders to address the widening economic gap that is turning the county into a virtual gated community.

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