SACRAMENTO, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU ULTCW, after a ruling by United States District Court Judge Claudia A. Wilken that continues to stop the state from proceeding with a 20 percent cut to the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program.
“Judge Wilken’s ruling affirms what long-term caregivers have long known: the in-home care services we provide are the most compassionate option for frail seniors and people with disabilities and the best alternative to costly institutionalization.
“Unfortunately, seniors and people with disabilities have been the target of state budget cuts time and time again, putting their independence and health in jeopardy. This year is no different. Even as this case is in court, a new state budget proposal was released that would illegally endanger the safety and independence of seniors and people with disabilities who need home care in order to live safely at home.
“Rather than subject our parents, grandparents and children with disabilities to an uncertain future year after year, we need to stabilize and strengthen long-term care for the most vulnerable Californians.”
A lawsuit was filed December 1, 2011 by senior and disability advocates to stop these devastating cuts to vital care from taking place.
SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.