The Purple Buzz – Oct. 9, 2014

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Quick Quiz

Home care workers in San Mateo provide vital services to people who might otherwise have no one to care for them. This can result not only in higher mortality rates for seniors and people with disabilities, but can also lead more people to use expensive emergency room services more often. While housing costs have increased dramatically in San Mateo, wages for home care workers have failed to keep up.

Question: Home care workers in San Mateo County were making $11.50/hr. in 2004. What is their current hourly pay? 

A- $11.50
B- $12.50
C- $14.50
D- $18.50

Scroll down to see the answer.

 

 


Our Voice, Our Vote

Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd in Bakersfield, CA

Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd in Bakersfield, CA on Oct. 7, 2014.

Every two years, we have a major election to elect local, state and federal officials to represent our interests at various levels of government. Some people love the process and some can’t wait for it to be over. We all need to vote because the people we elect will end up determining our salaries and our workplace conditions.

In Fresno County, members have gone without a contract for nearly four years now because elected officials there are completely out of touch with the working families they were elected to represent. Blong Xiong in running for supervisor in Fresno County and will give us a critical voice and vote on the board.

From supporting Dave Cortese in the mayoral race in San Jose to Ed Mitchell in the Monterey County supervisorial race, we have a chance this fall to transform government at almost every level. We have multiple city council candidates in Santa Cruz that, if they all win, would establish a solid Community First majority.  Congressman Mike Honda has always had our back in Silicon Valley and we need to have his back during this election. Virginia Gurrola will be our voice on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors where the incumbent has blamed Porterville residents for living in the wrong place when their wells ran dry this year. In Bakersfield, we have 2 city council seats to take and one to hold.

Check out the voter guide and help build stronger communities for ourselves and our families.


Huge win for Eligibility Workers and all Californians

Eligibility workers have spent the last year trying to correct the heartaches and serious impacts caused by CalHEERS and the automated notices and rejections created by that system.

SEIU Local 521 Eligibility Workers joined fellow EWs from Locals 221, 721 and 1021 to highlight the problems and press for corrective action in Sacramento. Together, the SEIU “21 Locals” are making a meaningful impact on public policy for better services.

Click here for more.


Kern County Health Summit

Kern County Public Health recently hosted, “Call to Action for a Healthy Kern,” an event that brought together a number of county departments and local non-profits to talk about the common issues we deal with and ways to move forward. Under the current system, SEIU members do amazing things every day for countless people in Kern County. Because the problems here are so significant, there is never enough time or money to help everyone who needs it. By working together, we hope that we can raise the standards for everyone.


Local 521 member appointed to state task force

catherine for webFor over 23 years, Catherine McCoy, president of our San Andreas Chapter and co-chair of the SEIU Developmental Disabilities Council, has served people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Catherine now takes on a stronger advocacy role with her recent appointment to the California Development Services Task Force.

“I was honored to be asked to represent community labor on the Delivery System Task Force,” said Catherine. “My years of experience as an SEIU member-leader has taught me not to underestimate the power of good working relationships. I will take these lessons with me as I partner with my DS Task Force colleagues to come up with a plan to strengthen, sustain and maintain the rights of our state’s most fragile citizens, and fix our broken system of delivering services.”

Read more here.


Quick Quiz

Home care workers in San Mateo provide vital services to people who might otherwise have no one to care for them. This can result not only in higher mortality rates for seniors and people with disabilities, but can also lead more people to use expensive emergency room services more often. While housing costs have increased dramatically in San Mateo, wages for home care workers have failed to keep up.

Question: Home care workers in San Mateo County were making $11.50/hr. in 2004. What is their current hourly pay? 

A- $11.50
B- $12.50
C- $14.50
D- $18.50

Correct answer: A.

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