Across the state of California and the entire country, countless people are employed to care for disabled and/or ailing family members and patients in a home setting. And while these workers provide invaluable services to their communities, there are instances where they are confronted by serious employment-related issues. One group of home health workers recently engaged in protests and acts of civil disobedience in order to promote the rights of workers in San Mateo County.
According to a union representative for home health workers employed with In-Home Supportive Services, workers had already attended two County Board of Supervisors meetings, where they rallied for wage increases. The workers’ wages have not changed in seven years, and their efforts have focused on achieving a 30-percent increase over a four-year period. Those opposed to wage increases argue that such measures would make IHSS worker wages disproportionately high.