After nearly a year of recent negotiations with county representatives and 10 years without a wage increase from the county, hundreds of caregivers with the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)  program and SEIU Local 2015, joined by Dolores Huerta, local veterans, faith leaders, and social justice groups, shut down the county’s regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019.

The demonstrators called on the Board of Supervisors to represent and protect the needs of thousands of caregivers and their constituents. Dolores Huerta was arrested, along with seven other demonstrators, at the Fresno County Board of Supervisors while calling for a living wage for caregivers.

“The next time I hope we get a hundred people arrested, okay?” said Huerta. “I am angry with how homecare workers are treated. That they have gone over a decade without giving a wage increase.”

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