1999-2012 BoS pay up 100+%, IHSS home care pay up 0%
Our local government goes to great lengths to defend spending of millions of taxpayer dollars for all kinds of things: funding the Eureka Chamber of Commerce, studying a railroad running east to west, etc. Presumably it’s to help the local economy.
In 1999, the County Board of Supervisors adopted a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to guide local economic development investments. It was entitled Prosperity! The North Coast Strategy, and its primary recommendation for strong economic growth was to work to bring more dollars into the county then go out.
At the time, IHSS (home health-care workers) were paid minimum wage and now 13 years later they’re still paid minimum wage. $8.00 an hour with no benefits–because the Board of Supervisors won’t authorize a pay raise. But back in ’99 when Prosperity! was written, the Board of Supervisors were only being paid $35K a year. Since then, they’ve more then doubled their own pay.
I for one am ashamed that I live in a society and a community that puts so little value on what can only be called the most charitable of workers. We can stop this abysmal treatment of these very dedicated Care Givers if each and ever one of us simply called or wrote to our Supervisors and DEMAND that these workers should be paid a “living wage”.
But back to the Prosperity! formula. It would also be a HUGE boost to our local economy since the County only contributes 18 cents on the dollar of what IHSS workers are paid. Giving these compassionate home healthcare workers a raise will actual bring 82 cents from state and federal money into the county for every 18 cents it pays out.
So even if some of our Board-members can not be motivated by their heart (or lack thereof), they should be able to justify this action on purely economic reasons.
PLEASE CONTACT THEM TO TELL THEM SO:
Rex Bohn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cliff Clendenen <email@example.com>
Mark Lovelace <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Virginia Bass <email@example.com>
Ryan Sundberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>