Home health care workers call for governor to implement pay raise

About 80 home health care workers gathered outside Gov. Jay Nixon’s office on Wednesday to demand he sign an agreement that could lead to a hike in their wages.

The deal, between the Quality Home Care Council and the union that represents home health care workers, would mandate pay between $8.50 and $10.15 an hour for the workers. Currently, average pay for home health workers is about $8.60 an hour, but some make the state minimum wage of $7.65.

Nixon, a Democrat, announced in December that he would implement that agreement through an administrative rule. But the Republican-controlled Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted earlier this month to block Nixon’s proposed rule change.

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