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  • Picture of the Zakim Bridge with large text that says: The Bridge and small text below it that says PCAs: a bridge to community living and text below it that says Newsletter of the PCA Council, Volume 10, spring 2016

    The Bridge Newsletter, Volume 10, Spring 2016

    The Latest Issue of the Newsletter Informs Consumers of News Items and Articles Regarding the PCA Program.

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    Important Notice for Consumers About Paid Sick Leave

    MassHealth implementation plan for tracking earned sick time for PCAs.

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    Silent 911 Call Procedure

    Do You Know About the Silent 911 Call Procedure?

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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

Hand shake representing new contract agreement

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”.