Supervisors approve wage increase for in-home supportive service workers

At their 2012 annual budget meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved a wage increase for in-home supportive service workers , bringing their hourly rate to $9.65 an hour. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky co-authored the motion amidst severe budget challenges. “This wage increase will help to get Los Angeles County healthy,” said Laphonza Butler, president of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers’ Union representing 180,000 in-home care providers and nursing home workers throughout California. In this video, workers and advocates give moving testimony as to how a living wage will improve their lives.