January 15, 2021 Update: Full Life Care APs will continue to get a $2.85 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March.
Full Life 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.
September 5, 2020 update: We have exciting news for Full Life Care home care workers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Full Life Care about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!
Hazard pay: Full Life Care APs will now get a $2.85 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll receive your hazard pay for hours you already worked in your September 20 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, Full Life Care home care employees have won:
- Hazard Pay: Full Life Care home care workers 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 Full Life Care home care workers will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19.
- More PPE: Full Life Care 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.
- Training: Full Life Care is increasing their hourly contribution rate to the Training Partnership for all hours worked in May and June.
See the full MOU here.
This was possible because caregivers like you demanded Governor Inslee increase funding for home care agencies like Full Life Care 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.