Pinoy caregivers stage Christmas themed protest for higher wages

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – For the second time in less than a month, home care workers and their union leaders gathered at the San Mateo County Courthouse to fight for a living wage increase from the Board of Supervisors.

The workers say that they cannot survive on their current pay of $11.50 an hour. They believe $15 an hour will provide a living wage.

“Most of the workers, the providers are Filipino and we are really affected because of the high cost of living and housing problems, prescriptions, food, and gas everything is getting more expensive,” said Faye Peralta Astrero who is a care home worker of over 20 years. “It’s not affordable to live anymore in San Mateo County.”

The workers say they only want to be fairly compensated for doing a job that they care about.

“I’m 76-years-old and my client is 86-years-old and even older or younger but I still have to go and have a mission in life,” said Astrero.” My goal is to help needy people.”

About 10 people were arrested for civil disobedience as they disrupted the Board of Supervisors meeting.

“To be perfectly honest with you, the issue is that they don’t believe in what we do,” said Tanya York, Regional Vice President of the Care Worker Union. They don’t value home care workers and what we bring to the community. We save lives!”

The workers and their union has said that they have tried to meet with the Board of Supervisors but they have dismissed their requests.

“Black, white, Asian, Latino – we’ve all come together to speak up for the people we care for and the community because what we do brings value to the community we live in,” said York.

Balitang America has tried reaching out to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors but they have not responded at this time.

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