Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | November 18, 2012

November 19, 2012 Host Corinne Frugoni Interviews Loretta Stevens, Executive Director of the California United Homecare Workers and Vivian Deniston, Local Homecare Worker, About the Current Dispute With the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Concerning Wages

In mid October, 2012, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors rejected a recommendation from the recently completed Fact Finding Report from Impartial Fact Finding Chairperson and San Francisco attorney Robert Hirsch.  The recommendation ruled in favor of CUHW, calling for an increase in County provider wages, from their current hourly rate of $8/hr. to $8.75/hr. and $9.50/hr. in the following year, as well as a contribution to health care benefits for County IHSS providers. Hirsch referred to his ruling as, “A fair and equitable proposal,” stating that “The County clearly has the ability to pay the modest sought (as it has acknowledged) and has even budgeted sufficient funds to cover most, if not all, the costs.”

IHSS workers in Humboldt County are paid less than workers doing the same job in almost every other county in the state. Their wage has not increased in 4 years during which period the purchasing power of their wages (adjusted for inflation) has declined by 6 percent. IHSS workers have no health insurance through their job; they continue to pay for the gas they use to transport their care recipients and to get to their job, even as the average price of gas has risen by 25 percent in four years.

Read the full Fact Finding Report here: http://co.humboldt.ca.us/publicinfo/docs/2012-09-25_h12-079-factfinding–cuhw-humboldt.pdf

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