IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PUBLIC AUTHORITY,
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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT OF THE IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (IHSS) PUBLIC AUTHORITY TO APPROVE A $2.00 PER HOUR WAGE REDUCTION, FROM $11.50 TO $9.50 PER HOUR, FOR IHSS INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009 TO MEET THE STATE-MANDATED 60-DAY NOTIFICATION FOR WAGE CHANGES AND TO REFLECT THE DECREASE IN THE STATE PARTICIPATION THE WAGE RATE, CONTINGENT ON THE OUTCOME OF ONGOING LABOR NEGOTIATIONS REGARDING THE WAGE RATE, AND SUBMISSION OF THE RESOLUTION TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS)
RESOLVED, by the In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority of the County of San Mateo, State of California, that
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County has designated itself as the Governing Board of the San Mateo County IHSS Public Authority to carry out programs pursuant to the In-Home Supportive Services program; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors is committed to participating in the Independent Provider wage at the highest rate at which the State participates; and
WHEREAS, the State of California has decreased the State participation rate from $11.50 to $9.50 effective July 1, 2009; and
WHEREAS, the State requires 60 days notice of any wage change and has not agreed to change this notification requirement despite requests from counties; and
WHEREAS, the current MOU for IHSS workers expires on June 30, 2009 and to date no progress has been made in negotiations; and
WHEREAS, the County will continue to meet and confer in good faith with the union representing IHSS workers but must protect its financial interest by taking action now to meet the State notification deadline; and
WHEREAS, the increased cost to the County of replacing the State dollars in the IHSS wage would be over $3 million annually, an amount which is not affordable or sustainable for San Mateo County given its already existing structural deficit.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DETERMINED AND ORDERED that the President of this Governing Board be and is hereby authorized and directed to execute the IHSS Independent Provider wage of $9.50 per hour effective July 1, 2009 pending the outcome of union negotiations, and to certify that it is committed to paying the County share of these costs, and to approve submission of the new wage and payroll taxes to the State Department of Social Services for and on behalf of the County of San Mateo, and the Clerk of this Board shall attest the President’s signature thereto.
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