444,000 Health Care Workers Would Be Affected By Minimum Wage Increase
SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West union filed the ballot initiative for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and it gathered more than 600,000 signatures of support. But home health care providers have been the most vocally opposed, claiming such a salary hike can lead them to bankruptcy.
Calif. Minimum Wage Hike Will Impact 444,000 Health Care Workers
California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign legislation as soon as Friday that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, increasing pay for more than 440,000 healthcare workers in the state. The proposed hike, which passed the General Assembly Thursday, will impact 5.6 million California workers, 8% of which are part of the healthcare industry, according to a UC Berkeley Labor Center report. (Castellucci, 3/31)