Navigation Links
Contemptible: Governor, State Officials Defy Court Order to Stop Home Care Cuts, Says SEIU
Date:7/7/2009

OAKLAND, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents more than 200,000 California home care workers, filed a motion with U.S. District Court to hold the State in contempt for illegally cutting the wages of In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers by $2 per hour in defiance of an earlier court order.

"It's unbelievable that the State feels it can simply ignore a U.S. District Court ruling," said Dave Regan, SEIU Executive Vice President and Trustee of SEIU UHW. "It's this type of blatant arrogance that has placed California in the fiscal crisis it's currently in. The state must comply or face the penalties just as any California resident would be forced to do."

On June 25, 2009, Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the $2 per hour reduction in the State's maximum contribution toward IHSS wages, which was scheduled to take place on July 1, violated the federal Medicaid statute, and she enjoined the State from implementing the state budget law requiring the reduction. Now, State officials are defying the order by refusing to rescind the reduced pay rates put in place solely because of the reduced State contribution.

Since Judge Wilken's ruling, numerous counties have submitted requests to reinstate IHSS worker pay but State officials are claiming that they need 60 days to process the requests even though the State processed requests to reduce pay because of the unlawful State law in as little as one week, and even gave informal approval to such requests in as little as one day. The union's new motion asks the court to hold the State in contempt (with a $500,000 fine per day starting July 10) or to issue a more specific injunction that ensures continuation of pre-July 1 wage rates.

"Instead of honoring the court's decision and keeping our pay as it is, the State is dragging its feet, making up excuses, and placing this lifeline service in jeopardy," said Mary Harms, a Contra Costa County Home care worker and SEIU member. "That is just wrong."

Several counties applied for earlier cuts based on the State budget's original reduction in contributions toward wages. The following counties have already informed the State that they want to keep the pre-July 1 pay rates based on the Court's ruling: Alameda, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, and Yolo. Calaveras, San Benito, and Solano Counties are planning to inform the State of their intention to keep the pre-July 1 pay rates based on Court's ruling. Riverside's intentions remain unclear. Only Fresno has said that it will still try to reduce pay.


'/>"/>
SOURCE SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Media Advisory - Photo opportunity with Canadian Health Minister, Tony Clement and California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger
2. More than 125 State Leaders - Including Governor, Lt. Governor, and Congressional Delegation - Endorse Campaign to Make Delawares Kids the Healthiest in the Nation
3. Providence Service Corporation Does Not Expect California Budget Issues to Materially Impact Its Business in the State
4. Statement by Jim OHara, Director, Produce Safety Project, in Response to the White House Announcement on the Proposed FDA Rule on Produce Safety
5. Kidney Paired Donation: 16 Patients, Four Hospitals, Four States
6. All Fifty States to Screen Newborns for Cystic Fibrosis by 2010
7. Emerging Washington State Health Care Model Secures $7.5 Million in Venture Capital
8. CareFusion Files Amended Form 10 Registration Statement With SEC
9. Chance to Protect Babies from Toxic Chemicals Faced by CA State Assembly
10. Purdue researchers create prostate cancer homing device for drug delivery
11. Montana Meth Project Statement Regarding Billings Gazette Story
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June ... , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to ... is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland ... iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness ... & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... PASADENA, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. ... he would lash out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, ... table, he would use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway ... call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting ... restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... the Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. ... years that have already resulted in more than a million dollars of capital ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Calif. , June 24, 2016  Global ... a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for the ... needs, today announced the closing of its previously ... common stock, at the public offering price of ... the offering were offered by GBT. GBT estimates ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ... and sells medical devices and wearable sleep respiratory products ... cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd. ... 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s new Internet medical technology ... will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales platform to reach ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Belgium , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher ... a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher ... and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive ... provide independent expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: