The sixth annual Paul Kahn awards for PCA service will be presented at the Grand Staircase in the State House on Wednesday, October 7 from 1 – 3 p.m. Five PCAs from different regions of the Commonwealth will receive plaques celebrating their extraordinary work. The featured speaker at the event will be Marylou Sudders, Secretary for Health and Human Services.
The ceremony, which includes a PCA education day at the State House, also celebrates the important work of thousands of PCAs assisting consumers throughout the Commonwealth. Jack Boesen, Council Director, said, “Every year we have had an increase in the number of consumers attending the ceremony and I trust that trend will continue this year.” All EOHHS, Fiscal Intermediary and PCM staff are invited to attend. Special parking arrangements will be in place for the event.
Council and Union Agree to 1 Year Labor Contract
PCA wage rises to $13.68
The PCA Workforce Council and 1199SEIU, representing PCAs working in the MassHealth program, have reached agreement on a one year labor contract extension. The agreement raises PCA wages by 30¢ per hour to $13.68 cents. The contract also incorporates the ballot question passed by voters last year that provided paid sick leave for PCAs and other workers. The contract includes a side letter of agreement that “reflects the intent of the parties to enter collective bargaining negotiation for the July 1, 2016 – June 2019 contract … with a commitment to increase the rate to $15.00 per hour for all PCAs by July 1, 2018.” Jack Boesen, Director of the Council, said, “reaching this agreement furthers the Council’s mandate to stabilize and support the PCA workforce”.