According to a provision in a recently approved labor contract, personal care assistants in Minnesota will begin to see a two-year, 15 percent increase in their minimum wage.
The minimum hourly wage for an estimated 40,000 home health care workers increased from $13.25 to $14.40 on Friday, and will increase again to $15.25 an hour in July 2022. The increase, among other benefits, is the result of an agreement — recently approved by federal officials — between the state and the International Union of Service Employees. The union represents workers and voted to approve the contract earlier this year.
This is the fourth union contract since workers who traveled to the homes of people with disabilities to help with daily activities such as eating and bathing, voted to unionize in 2014. A shortage of home health care workers existed before the coronavirus pandemic. Which made the problem worse. Not all home health care workers are unionized, but they are all covered by the contract, which was negotiated by the labor union and government administration Tim Walz and signed by the Legislature.
The new contract also includes other enhancements in benefits, such as faster rates of accruing paid time off, an increase in the number of paid vacations, and funding for training.