Joint statement of Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California and Doug Moore, Executive Director of United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930, whose combined affiliates are made up of nearly 400,000 caregivers throughout California.
“IHSS caregivers applaud the IHSS overtime provisions included in the budget passed this weekend by the Legislature and sent to the Governor. The legislature and the Governor worked together to craft a budget that does not include a ban on overtime for IHSS caregivers. This ban would have disrupted care for tens of thousands of recipients, and would have thrown thousands of caregivers’ households, many of which include the care recipient, into deeper poverty. Now, for the first time, caregivers in California will receive the same overtime protections that all other workers enjoy, and that is real progress toward equality and dignity.
“Unfortunately, this budget still retains deep cuts made during our state’s darkest economic times to every single recipients’ hours of care regardless of their need. For caregivers, ending these crisis cuts has been an equal priority throughout this year, and we don’t consider our budget work to be finished until these hours of care are restored. We continue to work with the Legislature and the Administration to find a way to do that.”
CUHW, UDW AFSCME Local 3930 and SEIU (UHW, ULTCW and Local 521) are made up of hundreds of thousands of caregivers across the state who provide in-home support to 450,000 Californians who are sick, elderly or have disabilities.