Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a living wage of $9.65 an hour for County home care workers. Hundreds of home care workers were crowded inside the board room awaiting the vote and broke out in cheer upon hearing the news.
It was a historic day for Los Angeles and the over 140,000 home care workers that live in the County. Thirteen years ago, a handful of courageous women helped pave the way for home care workers when 75,000 LA home care workers voted to join our union.
Today, we continued that story thanks to the hard work done by the ULTCW bargaining team to demand dignity and respect for the work we do.
This journey has taken an incredible amount of effort. It wasn't that long ago that we delivered over 30,000 signatures in support of a living wage for home care workers in Los Angeles.
We could not have made history without the courageous effort of LA home care workers, consumers, supporters and community partners who have showed up with us to the LA Board of Supervisors week after week. Watch video from the living wage vote celebration:
The final step of our journey will be the outcome of our meeting with the Personal Assistance Services Council (PASC) for our bargaining session to finalize the details regarding the wage increase.