New Orientation Video on Consumer Choices
The Council has produced a video in which two consumers talk about the options available to consumer/employers for the PCA New Hire Orientation program. Deirdre explains why she chose the consumer taught option and Paul discusses why he had his PCA attend a group session.
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”.