Missouri’s home healthcare workers want Governor Jay Nixon (D) to get involved in their negotiations for higher salaries.
The union for people that perform in-home care services says it has been negotiating with the Quality Home Care Council since November and has resolved non-economic issues. But the going is tough as it tries to increase the average salary of $8.60 an hour to $11.00.
Home Care attendant Elizabeth Travis of Columbia says the agencies the caregivers work for get $15.56 from Medicaid for each hour the attendants work. She wants Nixon to pressure the council to pressure the local agencies.
Travis says the workers want a standardized, higher, wage statewide. She says the average home care attendant earns $1100-$1400 a month, and wants to live with the same dignity that they try to give to their clients