Deal seeks $15 hourly wage for Mass. home care workers
Jun. 26, 2015
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has approved a new contract that aims to increase pay for some 35,000 home care workers in Massachusetts to $15 per hour by 2018.
The agreement announced Friday with the union representing personal care attendants calls for a 30-cent raise on July 1, followed by a new round of negotiations to begin no later than July 1, with the "mutual goal" of reaching the $15 per hour wage.
The union says Massachusetts caregivers would be the first in the nation to reach that level.
Baker said in a statement that personal care attendants perform an important service by caring for seniors and disabled people in their homes.
As a result of the agreement, the union called off plans to picket outside the Statehouse next week.