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1999-2012 BoS pay up 100+%, IHSS home care pay up 0%

From Richard Salzman’s “Redwood Progressive”:

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.


Rex Bohn   <rbohn@co.humboldt.ca.us>
Cliff Clendenen <cclendenen@co.humboldt.ca.us>
Mark Lovelace <mlovelace@co.humboldt.ca.us>
Virginia Bass <vbass@co.humboldt.ca.us>
Ryan Sundberg <rsundberg@co.humboldt.ca.us>

Thank you,

  1. October 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I’ve worked as IHSS 2x and I’ll tell ya what – it’s HARD. A pox on the supes if they can hold their heads up while refusing this. Minimum wage for THEM!

  2. Matt
    October 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Health care workers that don’t even get health care. Geez that’s pathetic.

  3. What Now
    October 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I appreciate your work, Mr. Salzman but the idiotic ideologues currently occupying the B of S (BS?) are impervious to reason.

  4. Steve
    October 3, 2012 at 5:41 am

    In terms of healthcare delivery across the board in our country, forget equality except when you’re six feet under. I’ve worked twice in my life in healthcare, once in the stone age as a hospital admitting porter and once as an in-home caregiver. In normal American healthcare tragedy the old man I took care of was at one time quite wealthy but one accident took it all away as healthcare providers ate up his life savings and he ended up needing the same services provided by our underpaid, under appreciated healthcare providers working at $8.00 (some lucky ones like me supplemented to $10/hr) but still, compared with nurses and doctors salaries are so outrageously out of proportion as to be laughable except it isn’t a laughing matter. People do not realize that without healthcare providers turning sheets, cleaning bed sores, helping in the bathroom, fixing meals, taking patients for walks, sick and old people will die. Bottom line, bed sores alone if untreated by bed turnings and medication can kill an old person. In short, in-home care providers are as necessary for health recovery and maintenance as any doctor so why do we treat in-home caregivers like doo-doo when it comes to financial compensation for their critical work?

    Same reason wives aren’t paid for their critical work. Males running things don’t recognize women’s work, un-degreed nurses work, as worthy of male pay scales. Doctors are recognized as critical providers and so can demand gigantic salaries but not so your in-home caregiver without whose work many patients would never survive. Btw, I have to put in my perennial bitch about the fact I cannot post my own personal caregiver experience and opinions on Heraldo because of Mitch censoring me for my anti-Zionist, anti-Prog politics.

  5. Steve
    October 3, 2012 at 5:43 am

    From my post on Tom Sebourn’s blog that was censored here

  6. October 3, 2012 at 6:45 am

    For the record, I haven’t censored any of Steve’s posts, and I can’t imagine that Heraldo or Eric has. I also don’t understand “censorship” that leaves a second post of the same message present.

  7. Plain Jane
    October 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Or what problem you would have with the message, for that matter, Mitch. Everyone has posts that get lost, only a few think it’s due to censorship. Responding to their paranoid delusions gets you nowhere and just diverts discussion, which is probably why he has been blocked from some blogs at various times (as well as his antisemitism).

  8. October 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

    anti-Zionism is not antisemitism (can’t stand it when people conflate those two- doing that is so dangerous)

    Benefits and Higher Wages for In-Home Care Workers!
    More money to the people who change bedpans, move people from the wheelchair to wherever they have to go, more money to those who take care of us when we get injured, who work all kinds of hours caring for someone, more money for those who stay with us when we are leaving this world- MUCH LESS money to politicians who don’t care about us- and show it. In fact, if they want to continue to repress, they can try to do that with NO PAY!

  9. Ponder z
    October 4, 2012 at 6:04 am

    well sure its nasty dirty work. But little skill and intelligence are needed to clean up after a bedpan episode. If you dont like it, stay in school, quit smoking dope, get good grades, and graduate. Then get a better job. You dont need government to give you better pay. Improve yourself. If any of you want to earn the the BOS earn go for it. It is a public job. The only one overpaid is that libtard up north.

  10. October 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Ponder z,

    Little skill and intelligence? Although I’ve never done it, I imagine it can require great reserves of patience, compassion, acting ability at times, and other skills I’m sure. You’re right that our society doesn’t value these skills as much as the ability to comfortably skim money by transferring it from poor people to the rich people who pay you.

    It’s true that there are some jobs that require advanced training, and that the advanced training requires “analytical intelligence” and a time commitment. I understand that there’s a smaller pool competing for those jobs and a greater demand, so I understand why they are paid more highly.

    But I guess we disagree about whether someone willing to put in 40 hours a week at a job like home care is entitled to more than $8 per hour in our society, when our society is so comfortable paying out multi-million-dollar bonuses to those with “analytical intelligence” who we bailed out after they destroyed our financial system.

  11. October 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    The rate of pay for executives and management has outstripped pay rates for workers by such a huge margin that you cannot even compare them as similar events. According to the film: “American Teacher,” Doctor’s rate of pay in the last Twenty years went from $87,000 a year to $380,000 a year. Bankers and Real Estate Brokers also saw huge increases in pay, while teachers went from $21,000 a year to an adjusted rate of $37,000.
    America today is the land of the wealthy. Workers have been screwed in the new economy. Profits have gone through the roof. Productivity has reach astronomical heights and the working class is given credit instead of a share of the wealth. So those responsible for increasing the wealth of the country are being sold into economic slavery as a reward for all their hard work.
    Where is Karl Marx when you need him?
    In 1979 I worked in a union sign shop and made $7.50 hr. I help out as a cashier on the weekends in 2012 and I make $9.00hr. Not much of an increase in 33yrs. Yeah, yeah, buying power, inflation; all that other bullscat that people swallow from the thieving aristocrats.

  12. Steve
    October 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Mitch telling big whoppers thinking you all will believe her lying words:

    “For the record, I haven’t censored any of Steve’s posts, and I can’t imagine that Heraldo or Eric has. I also don’t understand “censorship” that leaves a second post of the same message present”.

    Here’s Mitch not realizing she’s already admitted to “moderating” my posts, meaning censoring them, not posting them. It’s in her Rio Dell hit piece below..


    I understand you’re ill, but just for the record, it’s a pain in the butt to have to pull your paranoid fantasies out of moderation.

    Why do you think you rarely saw my posts here when I’m all over Eric’s blog? It’s because I can get through Eric’s censorship but couldn’t Heraldo’s until I got my new $231 Compaq laptop from Walmart and got around Heraldo’s censorship, meaning Mitch’s censorship meaning Heraldildos.,

  13. Ponder z
    October 5, 2012 at 6:12 am

    MD, I call BS on the teachers pay. You just toss out some numbers, you better back it up.

    Source : National Education Association (nea.org), National Center for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov), 2011

    The doctor numbers include specialists. Most doctors are facing a serious decrease in pay if Obama care isnt repealed.

    $9/hr for a cashier is good. A union shop job now would pay $35-75 per hour. More BS numbers just tossed out like an Obama lie.

  14. October 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

    $9.00 an hour is not good. While we don’t claim that $12.00 an hour is a “living wage” it is a lot fairer than $9,00 an hour. A big portion of the people we talk to who have jobs are making LESS than $12.00 an hour. This is a shameful situation.

    The Gasoline Index 1968-2012

    In 1968 an hour’s pay at minimum wage ( $1.60) would buy almost 5 gallons of gasoline (@ $0.33/ gal.) but today in Eureka an hour’s minimum wage ($8.00) will buy a little less than 2 gallons of gasoline (@ $4.37 per gallon.)



  15. October 5, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Steve’s argument at #12 is with either the Word Press automatic moderation system or with the universe. It’s not something I can help him with in either case, beyond pulling things out of moderation when I check my email. In this case, there was a delay from 8:30 PM to 7:20 AM. Also, I’m male.

    It won’t be helpful to attempt to engage him or to make fun of him, so please don’t.

  16. Ponder z
    October 5, 2012 at 10:35 am

    but today in Eureka an hour’s minimum wage ($8.00) will buy a little less than 2 gallons of gasoline (@ $4.37 per gallon.)

    Well back in 68 you progs didn’t have a Prius to drive and get four times the miles on a gallon of gas, so you are ahead at $8/ hr. And you still want a raise? greedy!

  17. October 5, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Ponder z seems to have been kidnapped by an attempted humorist. Someone working for minimum wage and buying a Prius? Yeah, they just save, oh, 100% of their take home pay for a few years.

  18. Just Middle Finance
    October 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Bootstraps! We don’t need no stinkin Minimum Wage! Survival of the fittest! Free Enterprise baby! Free to pay as low as the law allows and Free to charge my customers as much per gallon as my fellow gas station owners and I can gouge them for, I love America!!!! $4.79 right now, Ka-Ching!!!!!

  19. October 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Those “BS” numbers are from the documentary: “American Teacher” What is BS is trying to say that teachers make and average of $76g a year. know any teachers? “throw numbers around?” It’s clear to me where you get your information. Doctors are in trouble? Obamacare the greatest evil of the new millennium? Our daughter is back on our insurance. My mother is getting a rebate check. So yet another “Jew4Hitler” cries about the suffering rich? Another “Africans4Slavery” asks me to consider the poor, suffering doctors woes?
    It won’t be long and everyone in America will be wearing uniforms. It’s like they already do with suits.
    People accepting this new economic fascism think it will only fall on the people they don’t like. Their racial enemies, the bums on the corner. But it’s going to fall on the whole world. There is no longer any attempt to cover up corruption and dishonesty. The gloves are off. Who’s going to stop them? The press had been assimilated. All three branches of the government are controlled by the aristocracy.
    The riots that are coming are going to make the South African killing of strikers look like a pillow fight.
    The racist, rabid-fascists that come on these progressive sites to spare with “liberals” are like terrorists within an independent cell. While they have no direct contact with their masters, they’re told what to say and who to attack by their “Mother Nights” on the MSM. Same ol’ story, the house-slaves consider themselves far removed from the field-hand’s suffering.

  20. Ponder z
    October 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Well MD, if Obama could get elected again, you could have my opinion considered domestic terrorism and turn me in. That sounds just like something out of some kind of manifesto.

  21. Anonymous
    October 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I’m with you, Moviedad.
    Time to take out the dominonists,zionists, and other inbred goosteppers.
    Better yet, remove all warning levels and that shallow end of the gene pool (practically mud flats at this point) can dry up completely.

  22. WhatNow
    October 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Damn it!
    Previous post was mine.
    THNAKS for messin up my computer, (local business name should be inserted here).

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