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Protest Against Proposed 10% Cut for Homecare Workers

Friday, June 17, 2011
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Event Type:
Erik Larsen
Location Details:
The Corner of Beach St. and Main St., Watsonville, CA 95076

[The following is from Erik Larsen, Santa Cruz County Organizer of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers. As the capitalist system fails, the Democrats and Republicans (as the political representatives of the wealthy) are trying to balance the budget on the backs of those who can afford it least. Yet some of the biggest gains made by the working class in the United States were made in the Great Depression of the 1930s. By breaking from the Democrats and standing-up and fighting back labor has the potential to turn these attacks around. Please join these upcoming actions. -Steven Argue]

As you may know, Santa Cruz County in-home care is once again on the chopping block for huge cuts! The county has proposed cutting our wages to $10.35 per hour: This is a 10 percent wage reduction on top of the 3.6% cut in hours earlier this year.

This cut would push many homecare workers out of jobs and threaten the safety of many seniors and disabled people in our county. We need your help. Please support homecare workers and the consumers we care for. Join us:

Vigil Details
When: Friday, June 17th | 4:00PM
Where: The Corner of Beach St. and Main St. | Watsonville, CA 95076
What: A vigil at the busiest street corner in Watsonville. We’ll have signs, cowbells and bedpans so we’re sure to be heard.
Who: Homecare providers, seniors and the disabled, and supporters

If you can’t make it on Friday, but you’d still like to make your voice heard, please contact your supervisor:

1) Email the Board of Supervisors by using the web site, or
2) Call the Board at 831-454-2200 and tell them not to cut homecare wages, or
3) Write the Board of Supervisors and tell them your story and how difficult it is to live in the 3rd most expensive county in the entire USA, and
4) Attend a meeting to tell your supervisor, in person, “No more cuts!”
7:00 pm Watsonville, Monday, June 20
6:30 pm Santa Cruz, Tuesday, June 21

(Photo: by Steven Argue, Sacramento protest against cuts to In Home Support Services)
Added to the calendar on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 6:33PM
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