More than 11,000 home care workers get affordable health, dental, and vision benefits through the union contract and the Health Benefits Trust. But thousands of caregivers still lack any coverage – many have lost coverage because of hours cuts.
Our bargaining team made our proposal on health benefits yesterday, including:
- Maintaining the current health benefits with no additional costs for workers.
- Expanding coverage to thousands of additional home care workers who don’t currently have health benefits.
At the bargaining session, numerous members shared their powerful stories of how lack of access insurance has affected them. Rhonda Paul, bargaining team member shared the story of how she lost her health insurance following cuts in her client’s hours. “Because of the cuts, I lost my health insurance. I’m seeing my clients suffer,” she said.
Last month, we began bargaining for a new contract covering more than 30,000 individual home care providers, with SEIU Healthcare 775NW presenting member priorities and some initial proposals to the governor’s bargaining team. During the sessions, our union laid the groundwork for our three primary goals: moving workers away from poverty, preserving our health insurance benefits, and restoring access to continuing education and advanced training.
We will continue to build a movement of caregivers standing for long-term care and a fair economy. Washington’s most vulnerable thank you for protecting critical services like home care. For more information call our member resource center at 1-866-371-3200.