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Home health care workers asking for higher pay

Feb 08, 2023 12:11 am

Kate Lisa reports at New York State of Politics that hundreds of home care workers rallied with several lawmakers at the state Capitol on Feb. 6 for a rise in home care salaries. "We do toileting, meal prep, tube feeding ... medication, management, yet the state does not pay us enough and it's causing a huge worker shortage," said Zulma Torres, a home health care aide at Cooperative Home Care Associates in New York City. "Older adults and disabled people are not getting the care they need. Last year, the governor acknowledged we are in a home care crisis, but her budget shows she is actively choosing to worsen this dangerous shortage." Last year's New York state budge included pay increases of $3 an hour for home workers, but many workers from across the state claim they have not seen those increases from their employers. Hochul spokesperson Justin Mason said in a statement on Feb. 6 that, "Gov. Hochul believes that all New Yorkers deserve to be paid fairly, including home health care workers, and there is nothing in her budget that would reduce wages for home health care workers." There also is not anything in her budget that would raise wages for home health care workers. Read the full story at New York State of Politics.

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