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The Union Difference: Homecare and Personal Support Workers
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.