Your member-elected homecare bargaining team had it’s fourth bargaining session with the State on Tuesday, June 15th. Our team’s top priorities for our next contract include wage increases, hazard pay, protecting client hours and fixing problems with the program like late pay and poor communication from DHS. Visit Seiu503.org/IAmEssential for the latest news, key issues in bargaining, and more ways you can help the bargaining team win the best possible contract.
The state’s new e-voucher system for homecare workers has been the sticking point in these early negotiations. It’s critical that workers win proper rights and protections as this new system is rolled out. By September, the new Provider Time Capture (PTC or ORPTCDCI) system will replace paper vouchers with an electronic voucher system for APD Homecare Workers and Personal Care Attendants. Click here to learn more about how it will work. We will continue working toward an equitable solution that is in the best interest of affected workers.
Our bargaining team and the state made new proposals this week. We are making progress on issues including transportation and mileage, overtime and hours limitations.
The State Legislature is expected to pass a budget for the homecare and personal support worker programs before the end of the month. When that happens, we will be able to begin negotiations over big ticket items like wages. Negotiations are likely to continue into the fall.
Be sure to check your email each Friday for your Dignity e-newsletter, where you will receive the most up-to-date information about contract bargaining. We will meet with the state again on Tuesday, June 22nd.