275 residential caregivers at ResCare Washington, Inc. voted overwhelmingly to unite with SEIU 775 as its newest members.
They join 953 home care workers from the private home care agency First Choice, who joined SEIU 775 in July.
These significant wins end a year of historic victories for SEIU 775. During the 2015 legislative session, caregivers won legislation setting minimum levels of staffing for nursing homes, set at 3.4 direct care hours per resident day effective July 1, 2016, which gives Washington one of the strongest minimum staffing levels in the country.
Home care workers also celebrated a new two-year contract that awards them the first-ever retirement benefit for home care workers in the nation. Under this new contract funded by the legislature this year, caregivers will also see their average hourly wage go up from about $12 an hour to more than $14 an hour by January 2017.
SEIU 775 is 44,000 long-term care workers in Washington and Montana.
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If you would like more information, please contact Chris Casquejo at 206-538-5721 or email at Chris.Casquejo@seiu775.org.