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HEALTH CARE: Give home-care workers a raise

Letter by Phillip Anderson, Tacoma on March 12, 2013 at 11:31 am with No Comments »
March 12, 2013 1:07 pm

The Legislature needs to pass a budget that supports working people like myself.

I’m a home-care aide in Tacoma who provides vital daily support and services for vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities. That means my clients depend on me to get out of bed, prepare their food and drive them to required appointments.

Despite my two years of experience, I earn just slightly more than $10 per hour. Home-care workers like myself have not had a pay raise in five years. Former Gov. Chris Gregoire included a $1 per hour raise, paid over the next two years, in the budget she presented just prior to leaving office. It’s a modest step, but a step in the right direction. What’s more, a recent poll found that 70 percent of voters support this pay raise.

Please support caregivers like me by telling elected officials to fund the home-care aide contract.

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