SEIU 775 President Sterling Harders joined Dr. Al Gross, Dr. Emily McMahan, Amber Lee and Protect Our Care Alaska for a virtual press conference to highlight how the efforts of President Biden and Democrats in Congress will lower costs and expand access to health care in Alaska and across the country.

Caregiver and SEIU 775 member Brittany Williams talks about what it means to be a caregiver. Join Brittany for a day in her shoes!

September 21, 2021 Update: All Ways Caring Washington (ResCare) APs will get a $2.45 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked from July 1 through December 31, 2021.   

You can read the latest MOU here.   


April 23, 2021 Update: All Ways Caring Washington (ResCare) APs will get a $2.54 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in April, May, and June 2021.  

You can read the latest MOU here.   


January 25, 2021 Update: ResCare Home Care APs will get a $2.54 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March 2021. 

You can read the latest MOU here.  

Rescare Home Care APs are also in the 1A priority group for getting the COVID-19 vaccine because of our advocacy as a Union. Learn how to get the vaccine here


August 27, 2020 update: We have exciting news for ResCare (All Ways Caring HomeCare) caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with ResCare about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: ResCare APs will now get a $2.73 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll receive your hazard pay for hours you’ve worked in your September 10 paycheck.

PPE: You will continue to be provided with all the necessary PPE for caring for all your clients. You can ask your supervisor for PPE – contact us if you haven’t received PPE upon request.


Through impact bargaining, ResCare caregivers have won:

  1. Hazard Pay: ResCare APs will receive an additional $3.15 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all ResCare APs will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19.
  2. More PPE: ResCare has committed to spending additional funds to provide PPE and supplies intended to protect workers, including one-time-use N-95 masks, gowns, and gloves for caring for test-positive clients.
  3. Healthcare and Training: ResCare is increasing their hourly contribution rate to the Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust for all hours worked in May and June, so no one loses healthcare coverage.

See the full MOU here.

Despite the State facing a growing budget deficit as a result of the pandemic, Governor Inslee agreed to increase funding for home care agencies like ResCare in order to provide this immediate support to caregivers. This was all made possible because of caregivers like you sending letters, signing petitions, sharing your stories, and so much more to demand the Legislature prioritize caregivers to receive Federal stimulus money.

Standing together got us to this point – we need to keep this up to make sure that caregivers are treated as the essential professionals they are.

Starting in 2021, about 250 IPs in Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties will be transitioning to a “Consumer-Directed Employer” (CDE) as part of the pilot. This page is for IPs who have been selected by DSHS to begin this transition on September 1, 2021. You should have already received communications from DSHS and CDWA informing you of your participation in this pilot group. These steps must be completed between September 1 and 24, 2021 to make sure you are paid on time.

How you and your client can begin the Transition to Consumer Direct WA (CDWA) now

More can be found at ConsumerDirectWA.com/Resources.

  1. Confirm your access to the DirectMyCare web portal. You should have received an email from CDWA at InfoCDWA@ConsumerDirectCare.com.  That email contains your personalized CDWA login link. If you DID NOT get that email call CDWA at 866-214-9899.  
  2. Complete the questions.
  3. Complete your hiring documents. To do this, you will need:
    1. Your bank account number and bank or credit union routing number, if you are choosing to be paid via direct deposit. These can be found on your checks, as in this example.
    2. Your current driver’s license and proof of insurance, if you drive your Client. 
    3. Your I-9 documents to confirm you are eligible to work in the United States.  A comprehensive list of documents can be found here and proof can include a U.S. passport or a permanent resident card along with other documents. 
  4. Complete your paid 2-hour CDWA employment orientation. Through CDWA’s employment portal you will get links to your paid two-hour employment orientation.

Get Help and Contact CDWA

If you need help or have questions, contact CDWA at:

Email: InfoCDWA@ConsumerDirectCare.com  
Toll-Free Phone Number: 866-214-9899  
Website:ConsumerDirectWA.com  

Multiple live questions and help sessions will be held online to help IPs in this pilot phase. Go to CDWA’s website and register for the CDWA Pilot: Hiring Support Session webinars.

General topic webinars, such as Client Responsibility, Payroll Schedule Change and Work Week Limits, can be registered for here. All webinar recordings can be found here.

For more information on the move to CDWA, including a FAQ, please visit SEIU775.org/CDWA.

More Info:

DSHS has selected Consumer Direct of Washington (CDWA) to be the Consumer-Directed Employer. While consumers (e.g., clients) will still direct the daily tasks of IPs as required by the CARE Plan, CDWA will replace the State of Washington as the legal employer for IPs.  

September 8, 2021 Update:

September 8, 2021 Update: KWA APs will get a $2.55 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked from July 1 through December 31, 2021. We’ll also receive an additional $1 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.  


April 2, 2021 Update: KWA APs will get a $2.55 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in April, May, and June 2021. We’ll also receive an additional $1 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.  


February 5, 2021 Update: KWA APs will get a $2.55 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March 2021. We’ll also receive an additional $1 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.  

KWA APs are also in the 1A priority group for getting the COVID-19 vaccine because of our advocacy as a Union. Learn how to get the vaccine here


August 21, 2020 update: We have exciting news for KWA caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with KWA about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: KWA APs will now get a $2.73 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll also receive an additional $1 an hour of targeted hazard pay if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.  You’ll see your hazard pay for hours you already worked in your August 31 paycheck.

PPE: You will continue to be provided with all the necessary PPE for caring for all your clients.

You can read the latest MOU here. 


Through impact bargaining, KWA caregivers have won:  

  1. Hazard Pay: KWA APs will receive an additional $3.15 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all KWA APs will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19. And you’ll get an additional $1 targeted-hazard pay per hour for taking care of COVID-19 test-positive clients. 
  2. More PPE: KWA has committed to spending additional funds to provide PPE and supplies intended to protect workers, including one-time-use N-95 masks, gowns, and gloves for caring for test-positive clients. 
  3. Healthcare and Training: KWA is increasing their hourly contribution rate to the Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust for all hours worked in May and June, so no one loses healthcare coverage. 

See the full MOU here.

Despite the State facing a growing budget deficit as a result of the pandemic, Governor Inslee agreed to increase funding for home care agencies like KWA in order to provide this immediate support to caregivers. This was all made possible because of caregivers like you sending letters, signing petitions, sharing your stories, and so much more to demand the Legislature prioritize caregivers to receive Federal stimulus money.  

Standing together got us to this point – we need to keep this up to make sure that caregivers are treated as the essential professionals they are.