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Home health care workers get increase.

Nearly 60,000 home health care workers in New York City were covered by a settlement that provided for a 50percent increase in wages and benefits over the 3-year term. One of the parties to the accord was the New York Home Care Union Coalition-comprising units of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, the State, County and Municipal Employees, and the Office and Professional Employees. A fourth union, the Service Employees, bargained separately, but accepted the same terms. On management's side, bargaining was conducted by the Home Care Council of New York, Inc., comprising 60 nonprofit service providers.

Labor and management joined in persuading govemment agencies to accept the cost increase. The State pays 40 percent of the cost of the home care service, the city pays 10 percent, and the Federal Medicaid program pays the balance. Most of the workers covered by the settlement are black and Hispanic women who care for the elderly and chronically ill in the patients' homes.

The settlement provided for an 85-cent-an-hour wage increase retroactive to December 1, 1987, a 40-cent increase in July 1988, and a 50-cent increase in July 1989. The increases will bring pay rates to $5.90 for starting employees and to $6.20 for those with 1 year of service.

Employees who live in patients' homes will now receive a weekend pay differential of 50 cents an hour, increasing to $1.10 on April 1, 1989. Because live-in employees are only paid for 12 hours a day, despite being on call for 24 hours, they will begin to receive a "sleeping differential" of $6.25 a day effective July 1, 1988, rising to $10 on April 1, 1989, and to $14.80 on July 1, 1989.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jun 1, 1988
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