We remain deeply disappointed by the Senate Republican’s ongoing efforts to restrict the bargaining rights of home care workers and undermine their ability to have a secure retirement. The Senate Republican budget proposal puts unreasonable restrictions on the ability of caregivers to bargain for retirement benefits and would consign caregivers to continue to work until they need long-term care themselves.
Home care workers, who make an average of $12/hour, bargained for a modest defined contribution retirement benefit this year. For an average caregiver this benefit would contribute about $300/year into their retirement account – well below what is needed to build a secure retirement. Senate Bill 6126 would severely restrict the ability of low-wage caregivers to bargain for an increase in their retirement benefits in the future and prevent them from ever having the ability to retire.
SEIU 775 represents 43,000 long-term care workers across Washington State including home care aides, nursing home workers, and adult day health workers.