Big Raises For Many Home Care Workers Won’t Necessarily Help Senior Citizens
According to California Healthline, In recent months, health aides who care for elderly Americans at home appeared at scores of rallies calling for better pay and workplace conditions. President Barack Obama and some of the presidential candidates have pledged to improve the lives of these workers, who often struggle on the poverty-level wages they are paid.
Now, thanks in part to the “Fight for $15” movement, hundreds of thousands of home care workers in at least five states, including California, will gradually receive significant hourly raises. And as result of a large organizing campaign, tens of thousands who have joined unions can negotiate for paid sick time, health and retirement benefits.
California became the first state to mandate a $15 minimum wage in April, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law raising it to that level by 2022. Small employers with 25 or fewer workers will have an additional year to comply.
Some parts of the state will get there sooner. In San Francisco, for example, a local ordinance requires the hourly minimum to hit $15 by 2018. In Los Angeles County and city, the minimum wage will reach the $15 mark by 2020.
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California HealthLine – Big Raises For Many Home Care Workers Won’t Necessarily Help Senior Citizens