April 7, 2021 Update: Amicable APs will get a $2.71 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 15, 2021 Update: Amicable APs will continue to get a $2.71 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March 2021. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $2 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.

You can read the latest MOU here.

Amicable 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 Amicable caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Amicable about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: Amicable APs will now get a $2.71 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll also receive an additional $2 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 20 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, Amicable caregivers have won:  

  1. Hazard Pay: Amicable APs will receive an additional $3 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all Amicable APs will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19. And you’ll get aadditional $25 targeted-hazard pay per shift for taking care of COVID-19 test-positive clients. 
  2. More PPE: Amicable has committed to spending additional funds to provide PPE and supplies intended to protect workers, including one-timeuse N-95 masks, gowns, and gloves for caring for test-positive clients. 
  3. Healthcare and Training: Amicable 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. 

Read 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 Amicable 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. 

April 7, 2021 Update: Chesterfield APs will get a $2.73 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 15, 2021 Update: Chesterfield APs will continue to get a $2.73 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March 2021. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $2 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.  

 You can read the latest MOU here.   

 Chesterfield 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 24, 2020 update: We have exciting news for Chesterfield caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Chesterfield about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: Chesterfield 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 $25 per shift 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 September 1 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 Chesterfield caregivers have won:

  • Hazard Pay: Chesterfield APs will receive an additional $3 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all Chesterfield APs will receive this pay regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19. And, you’ll get an additional $25 targeted-hazard pay per shift for taking care of COVID-19 test-positive clients.
  • More PPE: Chesterfield 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.
  • Healthcare and Training: Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield 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.

April 5, 2021 Update: First Choice 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: First Choice 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.  

First Choice 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 13, 2020 Update: We have exciting news for First Choice caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with First Choice about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: First Choice APs will now get a $2.75 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll see your hazard pay for hours you already worked in your September 1 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, First Choice caregivers have won:  

  • Hazard Pay: First Choice APs will receive an additional $3.50 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all First Choice APs will receive this pay regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19.  
  • More PPE: First Choice has committed to spending $166,000 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. 
  • Healthcare and Training: First Choice 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 First Choice 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. 

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. 

UPDATE: Hazard Pay will continue for IPs through June 2021 at $2.54 an hour

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers have been bargaining with the State for protection, pay, and support. We’ve sent petitions, shared our stories, and sat (virtually) across from the State at the bargaining table.

Bargaining with the State this year has been very different than our contract negotiations over the last decade. The State is facing a multi-billion-dollar deficit over the next several years because of the pandemic and the economic impact. And they have already imposed furloughs – unpaid days off – on all state employees – and in negotiations with other public employees, the State is proposing wage freezes and even reductions in pay.

While others saw these wage freezes and reductions, caregivers didn’t settle, and we now have two major updates for all in-home caregivers:

  •  IP Contract. The arbitrator heard us and we won a wage increase of five times as much as what the State initially offered – we won an increase in wages of 3% across the two years of the contract. We also won continued affordable healthcare, credit for prior home care work experience, and paid holidays for the first time ever!
  • Hazard Pay. Caregiver Hazard Pay was set to run out at the end of September – but it’s been extended! For the rest of 2020, IPs will receive an additional $2.56 per hour, and $2.54 per hour from January through June of 2021. Just like with the previous Hazard Pay awards, we’re negotiating for extended Hazard Pay with all agencies next.

With the IP contract win, we still have a fight ahead of us. We need to demand that our Legislators fund our contract when they go into legislative session in January and make sure that all our clients continue to receive essential home care services. We’ll be telling lawmakers to fund our new contract, which will:

  • Increase wages: We’re getting five times as much what the State initially offered equaling to an increase in wages of 3% across the two years of the contract, which works out to about 25-30 cents per year depending on what step you are at.
  • Not increase healthcare premiums: Funding will cover expected healthcare inflation and our premium cost – $25 per year – will not increase, which it has not for the past decade.
  • Continue providing PPE: The State has agreed to continue providing PPE – at no cost to caregivers – based on public health guidance.
  • Protect caregivers with strong HADit language: Strong language in our contract will help protect caregivers from harassment, abuse, and discrimination.
  • Increase PTO: An increase in the PTO accrual cap from 120 hours to 130 hours.
  • Give caregivers credit for agency work: Starting on July 1, 2022, IPs will be able to get credit on the wage scale for work at private home care agencies. We’ve been fighting for this victory for years!
  • Include paid holidays: Time and a half for caregivers who work on July 4 and New Year’s Day

We won a better contract because members took action – emails, calls, and social media. Now, we need to do the same to fund the contract in the legislative session and to fight for revenue.

February 1, 2021 Update: Addus Washington APs will get a $2.57 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March 2021. 

You can read the latest MOU here.  

Addus Washington 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 31, 2020 update: We have exciting news for Addus Washington caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Addus about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: Addus APs will now get a $2.71 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll also receive an additional $3 an hour of targeted hazard pay if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. You’ll receive your hazard pay for hours you’ve worked in your September 3 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.

You can read the latest MOU here.


Through impact bargaining, Addus caregivers have won:  

  1. Hazard Pay: Addus 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 ADDUS APs will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19. And you’ll get an additional $3 targeted-hazard pay per hour for taking care of COVID-19 test-positive clients. 
  2. More PPE: Addus 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: Addus 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 Addus 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. 

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.

January 15, 2021 Update: Millennia APs will continue to get a $2.73 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $25 of targeted Hazard Pay per shift if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.  

Millennia 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 Millennia caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Millennia about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: Millennia 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 $25 per shift of targeted hazard pay if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. You should have seen the increase to your base wages your August 20 paycheck, and you’ll receive your hazard pay for hours you worked from July 1 – July 31 in your September 5 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, Millennia caregivers have won:

  1. Hazard Pay: Millennia caregivers will receive an additional $3.25 an hour for every hour worked in May and June, We are all on the front lines, so all Millennia caregivers will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19. In addition, you’ll receive another $25 per shift when taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.
  2. More PPE: Millennia 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: Millenia is increasing their hourly contribution rate to the Health Benefits Trust for all hours worked in May and June, so no one loses healthcare coverage.

See full MOU here.

This was possible because caregivers like you demanded Governor Inslee increase funding for home care agencies like Millenia by prioritizing caregivers to receive Federal stimulus funding – and it worked!  However, earlier this week DSHS announced budget cuts they plan to make to balance the state budget. These cuts will decimate long-term care in Washington. Cutting these vital resources isn’t what our state needs – we need revenue. That’s why we now need to demand Congress pass the HEROES Act – a new bill that provide federal relief and funding for long-term care.

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.

January 15, 2021 Update: CCS APs will continue to get a $3 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $25 of targeted Hazard Pay per shift if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.   

CCS 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 13, 2020 Update: We have exciting news for CCS caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with CCS about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: CCS APs will now get a $3 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll see your hazard pay for hours you already worked in your August 25 paycheck. You’ll also receive an additional $25 of targeted hazard pay per shift if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.

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, CCS caregivers have won:  

  • Hazard Pay: CCS APs will receive an additional $3.50 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all CCS APs will receive this pay regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19. And, you’ll get aadditional $25 targeted-hazard pay per shift for taking care of COVID-19 test-positive clients. 
  • More PPE: CSS has committed to spending $255,000 to provide PPEs and supplies intended to protect workers, including one-time use N-95 masks, face shields and goggles, gowns, and gloves for caring for test-positive clients. 
  • Healthcare and Training: CCS 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 CCS 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. 

January 15, 2021 Update:  Concerned Citizens APs will continue to get a $2.73 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March. We’ll also continue to receive $3 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here

Concerned Citizens 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 14, 2020 Update: We have exciting news for Concerned Citizens caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Concerned Citizens about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: Concerned Citizens APs will now get a $2.73 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September – or a $3 increase per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. You’ll see your hazard pay for hours you already worked in your August 25 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, Concerned Citizens caregivers have won:  

  1. Hazard Pay: Concerned Citizens APs will receive an additional $3.25 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all Concerned Citizens APs will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19.  
  2. More PPE: Concerned Citizens 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: Concerned Citizens 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. 

Read 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 Concerned Citizens 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.