The SEIU Bargaining Team (a group of home care workers and clients) reached a tentative agreement with the State of Minnesota on June 5, 2017 for a new union contact. If approved by union members, the agreement will take effect on July 1, 2017 and applies to all home care workers who provide care through the PCA Choice, CDCS, and CSG programs. The agreement will bring an additional $48 million into Minnesota’s home care programs, through a 1.64% increase for CDCS and CSG budgets and a 1.64% reimbursement rate for PCA Choice agencies. The agreement includes:

Minimum Wage: the wage floor will increase from $11/hour to $12/hour beginning August 1, 2017.

Paid Time Off: workers will accrue 1 hour of PTO for every 43 hours worked beginning August 1, 2017. This is an increase from the 52:1 accrual rate we won in the first union contract.

Holiday Pay: home care workers will receive time-and-a-half pay for all hours worked on the following five holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, New Years Day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day, and Memorial Day.

Online Matching Registry: funding for the State to launch an online matching registry to help clients find workers and workers find clients.

Training Stipends: beginning August 2018, up to 5,000 home care workers who complete training can earn $500. A committee of home care workers, clients, and State officials will decide what training will be required to receive the stipend.

Complex Care: An additional 5% wage increase will go into effect on August 1, 2018 for workers who provide support to clients who qualify for 12 or more hours per day of care and complete required training. What training is required will be determined by a committee of home care workers, clients and State officials.

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