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The California Homemakers Association Negotiation Position

September 26, 1974

The following position on negotiations has been approved by the bargaining committees of CHA on September 19, 1974 and is now being presented to the CHA members for their approval at this membership meeting.

THE CALIFORNIA HOMEMAKERS ASSOCIATION as the Association of Attendant Care Workers presents the following negotiation demands to the County of Sacramento for the negotiation of independent contracts for attendant care workers.

  • 1. WAGES:
  •     The hourly wage to be paid to attendant care workers is $3.89 for every hour worked.
  • 2. FRINGE BENEFITS:
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    • A) COUNTY BENEFITS CONTRIBUTION:
    •     The County of Sacramento will contribute the actual cost of the negotiated benefits to the CALIFORNIA HOMEMAKERS ASSOCIATION HEALTH AND WELFARE FUND for the benefit and protection of attendant care workers and their families. These benefits are as follows:
      1. MEDICAL INSURANCE
      2. DISABILITY AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE
      3. LIABILITY AND MAL-PRACTICE INSURANCE
      4. PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
        • a. Dental Care
        • b. Child Care
        • c. Miacellaneous and Emergency
    • 3. VACATION AND SICK LEAVE PAID TIME:
    •     Each Contractor Attendant shall accrue Vacation and Sick Leave Paid Time. Attendants who work more than 80 hours per month shall earn 3 days per month for vacation and sick leave paid time and attendants who work less than 80 hours per month shall earn 1½ days per month for vacation and sick leave paid time. Vacation and sick leave paid time shall be taken during the attendant contractor's period of employment.
    • 4. RELIEF ATTENDANTS:
    •     Relief attendants will be provided during periods of illness of vacation of contractor attendants. Relief attendants will be provided one day per week for live-in attendants if so desired by live-in attendants.
    • 5. TRANSPORTATION COSTS:
    •     Attendants will be paid for actual cost of work related transportation expense.
    • 6. OVERTIME:
    •     County agrees that in any seven(7) consecutive days, the contractor attendant works for a time span exceeding forth(40) hours, he or she will be paid one and one half(1½) the designated hourly wage for all time exceeding the aforementioned forty(40) hour work period.
      If the contractor attendant in any twenty-four(24) hour time span works for a period exceeding eight(8) hours, the additional time will be considered overtime, and the Contractor will be paid in the aforementioned manner.

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    • 7. RELATIVES WHO ARE ATTENDANTS:
    •     Relatives who are attendants will receive equal pay for equal work. All work that is paid work for other non-relative attendants shall be paid work for attendants who are relatives.
    • 8. TIME NEEDED TO COMPLETE WORK AND TIME FOR TASK FORMULAS:
    •     Contractor attendant will be provided sufficient paid time to complete their assigned task and sufficient time therefore to complete each task. All work done, including supervision, shall be considered paid work time.
    • 9. METHOD OF PAYMENT AND PAY CHECK:
    •     Contractor attendant will be paid bi-weekly in their own name with a double-stubbed check with a register design. All pay and deductions will be listed on the check, one copy going to the Contractor attendant and one copy kept by the County.
    • 10. CONTRACT TERMINATION:
    •     A period of thirty(30) days will be given as notice to terminate the contract of attendant contractor by recipient or County. Reasons for termination shall be given in writing. A termination of contract by County which is disputed by attendant contractor will be treated as a grievance.
    • 11. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE:
    •     A grievance may be brought by contractor attendant to the County. The Social Worker will be responsible to accept the initial grievance of the attendant and will seek all advice concerning the resolution of the grievance from Administrative Personnel within the County. Attendant contractor may bring grievance to CHA and CHA may bring grievance to County Social Worker's attention, if attendant contractor so desires. CHA may represent attendant contractor if attendant so desires.
      If the grievance is not resolved at the aforementioned level after a period not exceeding five working days a grievance committee will be constituted consisting of two(2) representatives from CHA and two(2) representatives from the County. If the grievance remains unresolved after discussion by Grievance Committee an un-paid third party mutually agreeable to CHA and the County will be called in to resolve the grievance upon the request of either CHA or the County.
    • 12. TIME SHEETS:
    •     Time sheets will be available for the use of attendant contractor to be placed in the home of the recipient to be used to sign in for work and out when work is completed.
    • 13. TYPE OF WORK DONE OUTSIDE REGULAR DUTIES:
    •     If contractor attendant is required to do work outside the normal and regular duties of an attendant care worker because of the needs of the recipient this work will be re-imbursed on an hourly or task basis, whichever contractor attendant desires.
    • 14. TOOLS OF WORK:
    •     All tools and implements used in the contractor attendants work will be provided by the County if these tools and implements are not available at the work site.
    • 15. REST PERIODS:
    •     Periods of rest will be considered part of the work related time to be evaluated in any total time contractor attendant works per day and will be re-imbursed at the same rate of pay as the contractor's other work.
    • 16. MEALS FOR CONTRACTOR DURING TIME OF WORK:
    •     Meals for contractor attendant during the prescribed time of work will be paid for by the County and time
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      allotted during the work period will include time for meals. This will be treated in the same manner as rest periods.
    • 17. INTRODUCTION OF CONTRACTOR TO RECIPIENT:
    •     If contractor attendant desires, all information that is important for the attendants' work with the recipient will be conveyed to the contractor by the social worker verbally and in writing at the beginning of contractor's employment.
    • 18. IN-SERVICE TRAINING:
    •     CHA will discuss with the County the development and operation of an in-service training program for attendant care workers.
    • 19. COUNTY REVOLVING FUND FOR RE-IMBURSEMENT OF LOST CHECKS:
    •     The County will set up a revolving fund for the re-imbursement of checks which are lost, stolen or spent and do not reach contractor. This will cover all attendants not covered by contract because of pending negotiations or time pending before reaching contractor status.
    • 20. GENERAL ASSISTANCE AS COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE:
    •     Since contractor attendants are not covered by Unemployment Insurance the only alternative for attendants if other aid categories do not apply is County General Assistance. For purposes of negotiation General Assistance is considered unemployment insurance. County will pay $235 per month through County General Assistance to temporarily unemployed attendants. This is the minimum that the state deems necessary for the survival of Aged, Blind and Disabled Recipients.
    • 21. AFDC PAY LIMITS:
    •     If contractor attendant is also receiving AFDC, contractor may keep the first one hundred(100) dollars per month of earning without deducting it from their AFDC payments.
    • 22. HIRING HALL:
    •     County will contract with attendants through the California Homemakers Association. When the County is not involved in the selection, hiring or the development and presentation of lists for such purposes this section shall not apply. In the aforementioned situations only CHA members may be contracted with or be placed in jobs for which contracts are the ususal practice.
    • 23. CHA PEROGATIVES:
    •     As negotiation agent for Contractor Attendants, County will provide information on the in-home care program or other relevant programs to CHA. This includes laws, administrative procedures, manuals, handbooks, [illegible data], budgets and other written material. This will be provided on an on-going manner and upon request of CHA.

CHA will receive from the County a list of all attendant care workers, their addresses and social security numbers at regular intervals and upon request of CHA.

CHA has the right to visit contractor's place of work for inspection at contractor's request when a grievance is placed before the County by contractor attendant.

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