The Union Difference

  • Wages: In 1999, before homecare and personal support workers joined together in union, our work was not respected. We were exempt from minimum wage and often earned as little as $2.30 per hour. Since forming a union we’ve raised our wages to $14.50 per hour today (or $15 for those who take advantage of extra training) – some of the highest paid care provider jobs in the nation.
  • Healthcare: Through the Homecare Workers Trust — an entity negotiated in our last contract with the state — eligible workers get assistance enrolling in, and paying for, our health insurance, including vision and dental.
  • Standards: Through the Nursing Home Alliance, SEIU 503 has set wage, staffing, and training standards that have improved the quality of care across the state. And we have a structure in place to keep making needed improvements until we achieve the highest possible standards for the people we care for.
  • We got here by sticking together in union, and it’s through our union that we can take the next step – raising wages to keep up with the cost of living and winning a retirement plan. Together we can also expand the homecare and personal support programs so consumers and family members get the care and support they need.

A chart detailing the Union DIfference for homecare and personal support workers