We are asking you to take two important actions to support local in-home supportive services (IHSS) workers. IHSS workers are essential workers. The majority of them truly work on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic.
SEIU2015 represents over 180 IHSS caregivers in Colusa County. The union has been negotiating with the County since early this year to obtain a modest wage increase for their members. Because most of their wages are paid with state and federal funds, a wage increase would actually cost Colusa County very little. The union's final meeting with the county's negotiators is coming up.
Here are two things you can do right now to help these essential workers obtain a more fair wage:
Here's a sample email. It's always more powerful if you can include a few sentences about why you personally feel strongly about this issue.
Dear Supervisor _____:
I’m writing in support of raising wages for In-Home Supportive Services providers in Colusa County. I believe the members of our community who care for the elderly, disabled, and vulnerable should be treated fairly for the work they do. This means being paid a living wage and having a fair contract with Colusa County. If their contract does not improve, it will be more difficult to recruit and retain sufficient workers to meet our County’s needs, and our most vulnerable residents will suffer.
Considering that the state and federal governments fund 85% of wages and benefits, choosing NOT to invest in the IHSS program is akin to leaving money on the table. Also, by keeping wages stagnant, our local economy loses. A wage increase for IHSS workers brings in new dollars to Colusa County’s businesses -- economic activity that our county desperately needs as it recovers from the economic devastation of COVID-19.
[optional: insert a few personal sentences about why you feel strongly about this.]
I urge the Board of Supervisors to invest in local in-home caregiving services and support economic growth in our county by raising wages for the Colusa County IHSS workers.
Here are the email addresses of the County Supervisors. Not sure who is your Supervisor? Click here for a map of the supervisorial districts.
Washington, DC (202) 225-1880
Davis (530) 753-5301
Yuba City (530) 329-8865
Fairfield (707) 438-1822
Washington, DC (202) 224-3841
San Francisco (415) 393-0707
Fresno (559) 485-7430
Los Angeles (310) 914-7300
San Diego (619) 231-9712
Washington, DC office (202) 224-3553
Sacramento (916) 448-2787
San Francisco (415) 355-9041
Fresno (559) 497-5109
Los Angeles (213) 894-5000
San Diego (619) 239-3884