When: Thu., Oct. 22, 6 p.m. 2015
Home care workers have joined fast food, childcare, adjunct professors and other low-wage workers in the national “Fight for $15” campaign. On Thursday, October 22, University of California at Santa Barbara professor Eileen Boris will discuss the upsurge of organizing and advocacy by home care workers across the nation who are demanding a living wage and an end to the historic discrimination against home care and other domestic workers. Professor Boris will also discuss her book Caring for America: Home Health Care Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State, which analyzes the emergence of a powerful social movement of care workers—predominantly immigrants and women of color—who have organized and aligned with senior and disability rights movements to form unions, to win increased pay and benefits, and to improve the quality of care for their clients. An update on the $15 an hour living wage campaign in Sonoma County, given by the local coalition North Bay Jobs with Justice, will follow professor Boris’ presentation. Among others things, this campaign is demanding $15 an hour for 4,000 county home care workers.