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Pay raise for health care workers.

Pay raise for health care workers A settlement between Local 1199 of the Drug, Hospital, and Health Care Employees Union and the Home Care Council of New York, Inc. that covers nearly 20,000 home-health care workers is expected to set a pattern for an additional 40,000 home-health care workers in New York City. The Council bargained for 28 nonprofit private agencies that provide publicly financed home-health care services under the Medicaid program.

The 2-year contract calls for a wage increase of 30 cents an hour, to $6.20, retroactive to July 1, 1990, when the previous contract expired, resulting in back pay of $1,000 to $1,200 per worker; establishment of a pension fund, with employer contributions set at 6.5 cents an hour per employee; introduction of a training fund; every other weekend off for employees who work at least 5 days a week; jury duty pay; and enhanced job and income security.

The employees-nurses' aides who care for elderly and disabled patients discharged from hospitals or nursing homes-were characterized by the president of Local 1199 as the "most under-represented workers in America."
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Title Annotation:pact between Local 1199 of the Drug, Hospital, and Health Care Employees Union and the Home Care Council of New York Inc.
Author:Cimini, Michael H.; Behrmann, Susan L.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Apr 1, 1992
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