The Missouri Home Care Union, which represents between 8,000 and 9,000 home health care workers in the state, has reached a tentative agreement on a wage hike in has campaigned for since August. The agreement, which hasn’t yet been ratified, would pay workers $8.50 to $10.15 an hour. The current wage for the union’s workers is $8.58 an hour.
The union, which home-care workers voted for in 2010, represents workers who are directly hired by elderly or disabled people on Medicaid, which pays the wages. Phil Melugin, the owner of Phoenix Home Care, questioned if the state will raise the reimbursement rate for companies such as his or if those companies will have to take on the difference in pay themselves.