Great news for home care workers. Some 35,000 home care workers in Massachusetts would be grateful to Governor Charlie Baker’s administration, as it has approved a new contract that aims to increase home care workers pay to $15 per hour.
The minimum wage for home care workers has been $7.25 since 2009.
The pay hike will take effect in July 2018, bringing the starting hourly pay up from $13.38, the Service Employees International Union Local 1199, which represents about 35,000 home care workers in the state, said on Friday, Reuters.
Massachusetts caregivers would be the first in the nation to reach that level.
Personal care workers are workers who provide home care services, such as certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers, and companions.
Baker said in a statement that personal care attendants perform an important service by caring for seniors and disabled people in their homes.
After the agreement was announced late Thursday, the union called off it’s plans to picket outside the Statehouse next week.