The Missouri Home Care Union representing thousands of home health workers in Missouri reached a tentative agreement with state negotiators that would raise the minimum wage within a range of $8.50 to $10.15.
The union represents workers who participate in a consumer-driven, Medicaid-funded program in which the patient is essentially the attendant’s employer. Under the proposed collective bargaining agreement, the patients will take on an additional responsibility and set the pay within the range. An attendant’s pay was previously set by the vendor administering the program and was about $8.60 an hour on average, according to the union.
Although the wage range is below the $11 hourly minimum rate sought by the union, it was still lauded.