IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – Thousands of Imperial Valley in home care workers complain they’re not being cared for in return claiming they’re not making enough money. Members of United Domestic Workers are asking Imperial County officials to increase their current salary.
Union members ripped a contract in two before the board of supervisors Tuesday morning unhappy with the latest contract drafted by the board. Currently the 4,000 plus in-house support service (IHSS) employees make $9.50 an hour, which they say is not enough.
“If providers make more money their clients are going to be better because they’ll have money for gas, they’ll have money, extra money for the little things that they need, which the IHSS does not pay them.” said union member Linda Zavala.
Union representatives say they’re asking for an immediate $0.30 raise and an hourly rate of $10.50 as soon as California’s minimum wage goes up to $10 an hour.
“They are saying no to anything of wages to us, only the increase of insurance. We do want the insurance increase but what about our wages, there is nothing here for wages.” said Zavala.
Officials with the county’s IHSS public authority, say they cannot comment on the issue.
“Currently we are in labor negotiations and unfortunately, due to policy, I cannot comment on anything that has to do with negotiations.” said Rosyo Ramirez who is the IHSS Public Authority.
Union members say they’ve kept up demands for 6-months and will continue asking for what they say is fair.