Healthcare workers have put themselves and their families at risk to save lives and care for others during this pandemic. Many have left their jobs, and more are considering leaving soon. Raising the minimum wage will help retain workers in our city.
California already faced a shortage of 500,000 healthcare workers needed to care for our aging population. Now, following the pandemic, we are facing a full-blown crisis. In a recent survey of allied healthcare workers in California, 83% said their department is either “severely” or “somewhat” understaffed. Making sure healthcare jobs pay enough will help attract the workers we need.
Healthcare corporations received billions of dollars in government funding during the pandemic, and many of them sharply increased their financial investments, to turn big profits. At the same time inflation and the rising cost of living is hurting working families — the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Duarte has surpassed $1,804 a month.
The healthcare worker minimum wage will ensure that federal funds and corporate profits are invested in frontline caregivers first.
Join with healthcare workers, patients, and community members to tackle the looming crisis. Together we can pass a $25/hour minimum wage for healthcare workers in Duarte and ensure better patient care in our city.