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November 07, 2019

In-Home Care Workers Still Targeting Two Supes for Recall

November 8, 2018

     A union representing some in-home care workers is still threatening a recall effort against two county supervisors over a salary dispute but an official now says that will only happen if there is no resolution by year’s end.


     “We hope that we can reach an agreement before the end of this year and if that doesn’t happen we will proceed to file the recall documents,” said Isabel Serrano, president of the United Domestic Workers.


     In the union’s sights are first-term District 2 Supervisor Luis Plancarte and District 5 Supervisor and board Chairman Raymond Castillo. The union announced its intent to seek a recall of Plancarte at the Oct. 2 county board meeting and followed that by adding Castillo at the Oct. 9 meeting.


     Seeking a recall is a multi-step process that includes filing a notice of intent, gathering signatures, notifying the subject and publishing a recall notice. If the requirements are met the county Election Department would set an election date.


     An Elections official previously said there had been no official actions on a recall of either supervisor.


     Frustrations are boiling over because negotiations between the union and the county over a requested pay increase have dragged for nearly a year, members said. Union members have frequently appeared at county board meetings to express their demands and ask supervisors to support a pay increase.


     The union is asking for a 50-cent-per-hour salary increase and 40 cents per hour allotted for health, dental and vision coverage. This offer from the union would increase the salary to $11.50 starting in February.


     Serrano said the union has been collecting signatures and so far has 400 for a Castillo recall and 600 for Plancarte. That effort will continue, she added.


     Plancarte is in the second year of his first term and Castillo was reelected without opposition in the June primary.


     Negotiation are expected to resume soon, Serrano added.


     “If we decide to move forward with this recall it will have to be in a special election next year but we have to wait and see where negotiations end,” Serrano said.


     Union members work in “in-home support services” in the county serving the disabled and others who need to help in their homes. Such workers number about 4,000.

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