5% Day at the Capitol

On Tuesday the Capitol rotunda was flooded with a sea of nearly 1,000 5% Campaign advocates for a spirited rally. The 5% Campaign calls for a pay increase of five percent for home and community-based health care workers who care for persons with developmental disabilities and older adults who haven’t had a wage increase in nearly six years.

Chief author of SF 1993 Senator Kent Eken (DFL – Twin Valley) and Senator John Hoffman (DFL) who represents the communities of Champlin, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids, have been vocal advocates and supporters for making the 5% waiver increase a priority in 2014.

Senator Eken: “For too long our primary care and home care workers have gone without the compensation they deserve. They deserve a fair wage for the hard and important work they do. Today’s rally shows that there is a huge coalition and growing momentum to get this necessary increase to these hardworking men and women.”

Senator Hoffman: “It makes me so proud to see so many people come out in support of these personal care workers. I know from personal experience that these are incredibly hard-working Minnesotans who deserve a wage increase. The 5% Campaign is an issue of equality and respect for those taking care of our most precious and vulnerable family members.”

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