LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Caregivers who provide in-home support for elderly Californians and people with disabilities will stand in solidarity at a day-long rally and fasting as they call on Gov. Jerry Brown to treat caregivers equally under the law, as he had promised last year, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers announced today.
“Governor Brown allocated overtime pay for in-home caregivers as part of the 2014-15 budget agreement and now he wants to use an out-of-state legal challenge as an excuse not to fulfill his commitment,” said Cassandra Sanchez, a caregiver in LA. “We’ve worked long and hard for many years to get the same protections as other workers in California and we will not let the governor back down on his promise now. We won’t stop until the governor follows through on his commitment to treat home caregivers equally.”
On Feb. 5, workers launched actions that continue daily outside Gov. Brown’s Capitol Office in Sacramento, and on Feb. 11, workers throughout the state held press conferences outside of state buildings rallying for equal treatment and proving they are resilient and united in effort. Caregivers are coming together again throughout the state this week, signaling growing support for workers in their struggle to attain equal treatment under the law. This Thursday’s vigil and rally in Los Angeles is part of California workers’ ongoing effort to urge Governor Brown to keep his promise of equal treatment in overtime protections for caregivers.
WHO: In-Home Supportive Services Caregivers
Community and labor leaders
WHAT: Day-long rally and fasting to demand Governor Brown keep the promise
of equal treatment for caregivers
WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2015 starting at 11 AM (Press Conference)
Noon-5:30 PM (Ongoing Rally);
5:30-6:30 PM (Candlelight Vigil & Press Conference/Breaking of the fast)
WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building 300 S Spring Street Los Angeles, CA
VISUALS: Over 100 people, banners, signs during press conference and rally
Over 100 people carrying candles, banners, signs during vigil.
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