Char Mendoza, Animal Shelter Services, Sonoma County
“I love my job, I love what I do. I love taking care of animals; I just wish I was compensated fairly.”
Char Mendoza takes her work home with her.
She has six animals, including dogs, cats and rabbits who have not been adopted by the public. She pays for their care and well being, as well as the fees associated with fostering or adoption.
But Char herself could use some support. She works full time for Sonoma County yet cannot afford to live and work in her community, as wages remain flat and housing costs skyrocket. Rents have increased more than 40% in just a few years.
She makes too little to pay down her student loans, her utility bills and save up enough to move. She has already taken in two roommates. She doesn’t have the money to repair her car let alone replace it.
Char and more than 2,200 of her coworkers represented by SEIU Local 1021 are standing up with all workers in Sonoma County to demand affordable housing as well as a fair living wage for all.