Stanislaus County Home Health Care Aides Reject County Contract Proposal
Stanislaus County home health care aides have rejected a county proposal to increase wages by 16 cents an hour after the workers asked the county Board of Supervisors to increase wages from $6.95 per hour to $8 per hour and provide health benefits, the Modesto Bee reports (Milbourn, Modesto Bee, 3/5). Ann Sutherland, chief consultant for policy and budget analysis for the United Domestic Workers, which represents the county's 3,800 home health care aides in contract negotiations, said that the county proposal did not include health benefits. According to union organizer Kristi Rosenquist, the UDW proposal requested that the county contribute 60 cents per hour worked for employee health benefits (Craddock, Modesto Bee, 3/3). The aides provide care for about 4,000 people in Stanislaus County under the state In-Home Supportive Services program. Rosenquist said that workers will continue working as they pursue their request for health benefits and increased wages (Modesto Bee, 3/5).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.