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Caregiver rally temporarily blocks traffic outside San Bernardino County Supervisors meeting

San Bernardino County caregivers , their clients and supporters marched through the county government center and into the street calling for higher wages and benefits Tuesday, March 12, as county supervisors met inside.
A couple hundred people, holding signs that read “My Life Depends on Caregivers,” and “Seniors Are Important,” gathered outside the center before marching through the lobby, chanting, blowing whistles and banging on metal bowls. They then headed into the intersection of 4th Street and Arrowhead Avenue where they temporarily blocked traffic and laid a sign on the ground that read “Caregivers Save Lives #Priorities” in the middle of the intersection – a first for caregivers in San Bernardino County.
Rebecca Johnson, of Loma Linda, smiles as she, SEIU Local 2015 caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, rally for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 caregiver Norma Bass, of San Bernardino, rallies with fellow caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds SEIU Local 2015 member Carlos Vellanoweth leads caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, during a rally for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, rally for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, block the intersection of 4th Street and Arrowhead during a rally for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 caregiver Margarita Godoy, of San Bernardino, left, rallies with fellow caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, rally for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, rally for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, rally for increased pay and benefits as they head inside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, rally for increased pay and benefits inside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 organizer Felix Beltran leads caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, during a rally for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
SEIU Local 2015 caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, block the intersection of 4th Street and Arrowhead during a rally for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
A San Bernardino Police officer directs traffic after SEIU Local 2015 caregivers and supporters for In-Home Supportive Service Providers, for San Bernardino County, blocked the intersection at 4th Street and Arrowhead during a rally for increased pay and benefits outside the San Bernardino County Government building in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
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The marchers are members or supporters of SEIU Local 2015, which is working with the county to create a new contract for more than 26,000 In-Home Supportive Service Providers.  The rally was called after the union was unable to get a pay raise and better benefits during a recent bargaining session with the county.

SEIU2015 Executive Vice President Kim Evon speaks during a rally for a new contract for caregivers in San Bernardino County. pic.twitter.com/LmA9GgCcap
— Jennifer Maher (@JCMaherPhoto) March 12, 2019


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— Sandra Emerson (@ReporterSandraE) March 12, 2019


They're marching in the intersection of 4th and Arrowhead, where they laid a banner on the ground that reads "Caregivers save lives #priorities ." Traffic is blocked. Some people are honking. pic.twitter.com/90D3avx7ei
— Sandra Emerson (@ReporterSandraE) March 12, 2019

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