Navigation Links
More Than 13,000 Home Healthcare Workers, Clients Protest Governor's Cuts
Date:6/14/2008

Union Members Gather to Call, Write Letters to Schwarzenegger Expressing

Outrage

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An unprecedented number of home healthcare workers rallied Saturday to protest Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts to their hours of service, wages and benefits. These dramatic reductions would force some of California's most vulnerable workers and the people they serve deeper into poverty. It also would force many clients out of their homes and into nursing facilities prematurely.

In San Francisco, Sacramento, and Fresno, workers, their clients and supporters gathered to write letters and make phone calls urging the governor to lay down his budget ax and pledge to save these vital services for seniors and people with disabilities. Thousands participated in the demand that the governor craft a budget that's fair to all Californians, and encouraged Republican lawmakers to withdraw their support of the latest plan.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provides personal care and domestic services to more than 408,000 seniors and disabled people, enabling them to live in their homes. The program is funded by federal, state and county governments.

In his most recent budget proposal, Schwarzenegger advocated "permanently eliminating domestic and related services" to 84,000 people, or 20 percent of all IHSS recipients.

The governor also wants to slash matching funds for IHSS wages and benefits back to the state minimum wage, which would pressure counties to reduce total compensation for homecare workers from as much as $12.10 an hour in some counties to $8.60 an hour. This is the third time in his tenure the governor has proposed cuts that would force low-wage workers into poverty. Homecare consumers and caregivers defeated similar measures in 2004 and 2005.

"Every day I care for a blind man and a woman with mental disabilities. They're able to live alone, somewhat independently, with my help. Both my consumers would be doomed without services," said Rosie Byers, a homecare worker in San Francisco. "They would both be devastated if they were forced into nursing homes because of these cuts."

The 150,000-member SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West is the largest and fastest-growing hospital and healthcare union in the western United States and represents every type of healthcare worker, including nurses, professional, technical and service classifications. Our mission is to achieve high-quality healthcare for all.

Mason Stockstill

cell (510) 206-8247

email mstockstill@seiu-uhw.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Renewable Fuel Chopper Raffle Nets $113,000 for American Lung Association Clean Air Choice Program
2. More Than 13,000 Home Healthcare Workers Protest Governors Budget Cuts
3. AtriCure to Present at Thomas Weisel Partners 2007 Healthcare Conference
4. BD to Present at the Bear Stearns 20th Annual Healthcare Conference
5. ATS Medical to Present at the 2007 Thomas Weisel Partners Healthcare Conference
6. Dr. Paul Bandt Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Desert Radiologists and a History of Healthcare in Las Vegas
7. Omnicell to Present at Thomas Weisel Healthcare Conference 2007
8. MDS to Present at Thomas Weisel Partners Healthcare Conference
9. Hospira to Present at the Bear Stearns 20th Annual Healthcare Conference on September 11
10. AMICAS to Present at Thomas Weisel Partners Healthcare Conference 2007
11. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Announces Webcast of Presentation at Thomas Weisel Partners 2007 Healthcare Conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that 20 Florida ... their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent of lawyers ... as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami Shareholders Mark ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San ... Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from ... adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across ... in Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their ... award to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The ... recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s ... the world, and the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC (SCP) ... obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment events ... in more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. , June 23, 2016 ... faced the many challenges of the current process. Many of ... option because of the technical difficulties and high laboratory costs ... would have to offer it at such a high cost ... to afford it. Dr. Parsa Zadeh , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... a startling report released today, National Safety Council research ... proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. Prescription Nation ... tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, assigned a ... , New Mexico , Tennessee ... failing states, three – Michigan , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research and ... Devices Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" ... The report contains up to date financial data derived ... Assessment of major trends with potential impact on the market ... of market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: