ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senator John Hoffman (DFL – Champlin) visited with home care worker Felicia Johnson and others on the job yesterday in Minneapolis. As Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee, Senator Hoffman authored legislation ratifying the SEIU patient care assistant contract which gave workers a 25 percent pay increase and went into effect on January 1.”
“The wage increases we passed in 2023 are a historic victory for home care workers, who first won the right to form a union in 2013 when their wages were just $7.25.” said Senator Hoffman. “These workers have fought for decades for a system that recognizes their crucial, lifesaving work. I am committed to working alongside care workers so they can provide for their own families while taking care of others.”
The contract also outlines a wage increase in 2025 to arrive at a minimum of $20 over the two years. In addition to wage increases, the legislation also made important steps toward professionalizing the home care sector in Minnesota including a wage scale for experienced workers, a new orientation program, and retention bonuses. These new standards will help in recruitment and retention in this understaffed yet critically important industry.
“There are 20,000 care workers and clients in Minnesota. These raises will not only improve the quality of life of the workers, but also that of our communities and the fellow Minnesotans who they care for every day.”