© Anne Hammersky
Dear Mr. President,
I am Pauline Beck – the California home care worker you spent a day on the job with in August 2007. You helped me provide care to Mr. John Thornton, an 86-year old man in a wheelchair who is able to stay in his home because of the care I provide. I know you are very busy, but Mr. John and I, and my fellow home care workers and their clients, need your help. You see, Governor Schwarzenegger wants to cut my pay back to $8 an hour. These are tough times, but if my pay gets cut to minimum wage I won’t be able to support my family. It’s just wrong to pay us so little for taking care of people who have given our communities and our country so much. Besides cutting my pay, the Governor also wants to cut the hours of care, even though people like Mr. John count on those hours to be able to stay at home. It makes no sense, Mr. President, because this will mean a lot of people will have to go into nursing homes that cost taxpayers a lot more. Mr. President, I had hoped your stimulus bill, which is bringing billions of dollars to California, would help protect home care. Unfortunately, it seems that the money is being used for other things. I understand that these are challenging times, but these cuts hurt California. They put vulnerable residents at risk of losing their independence and force hard working people like me into poverty. I know you are a good man and I am proud of the job you are doing. I hope you and the Governor can work together to help Mr. John, me and the 750,000 of Californians just like us. It would make such a difference in our lives. Thank you. Sincerely, Pauline Beck
Take action now to stop home care cuts in California. Please call the Gov. Schwarzenegger’s office and tell him you strongly disagree with his misguided priorities at 916-445-2841.