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.