Home Care Workers Win Critical Hazard Pay, PPE, Raises, and More! After months of advocacy, SEIU Virginia 512 members won $1,500 hazard pay, free PPE (masks, gloves and hand sanitizer), overtime pay (effective January 1, 2021) and EVV exemptions for live-caregivers (effective January 1, 2021). These victories are in addition to the 5 % raise, effective July 2020, and the 2% raise, effective July 2021. Congratulations to all the union members who made their voices heard! To find out more, contact the union at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-432-0209.
Order PPE by December 30, 2020: Union members won free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) — masks, gloves and hand sanitizer — for all consumer-directed Home Care providers. Your Employer of Record (EOR) can order a month’s supply for you. Orders must be made by December 30, 2020! Orders can be put in at: PPE Shipped to your Door (medicaid-resources.com)
Home Care Worker Coronavirus Information: For information for Medicaid providers, see the Consumer Directed Services Fact Sheet, Medicaid Memo dated March 19, 2020 (including info on EVV) and Medicaid Memo dated April 22, 2020. For information for Medicaid consumers, see the Medicaid COVID-19 one-pager. For information on providing Home Care services during the coronavirus crisis, visit this CDC website and read OSHA guidance on how to maintain safe worksites/homes. Plus: read the Fact Sheet for Health Care Workers (also available in Armenian, Chinese, French, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese). For information on resources available to working families in Virginia, see: Virginia 211 or cal 2-1-1 on your phone. Lastly, click here to listen to a Virginia Public Radio story about our members on the frontlines.
Home Care providers came together to found our union in 2006 (originally known as the Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants) to have a strong voice on the job and to make improvements to the home care system we all love.
In the years since, union members have won many improvements to home care, including:
- Multiple raises for home care providers
- Thousands of new waiver slots for older adults and people with disabilities
- Assistance with paycheck issues; and
- We saved the program from elimination!
We know that home care providers and consumers still face many challenges, including the lack of paid sick days, and the 40-hour cap on the number of hours that home care providers can work each week. United together, we can face and overcome any challenge.
The union members on the Executive Board are:
Thomasine Wilson, Chair
Shena Craig, Vice Chair
Samuri Brooks, Secretary
Joyce Barnes, Director
Joyce Bumbray-Graves, Director
Ebone Newton, Director
Yolanda Ross, Director
The VAPCA Home Care union Constitution and Bylaws can be found here: Home Care Constitution and Bylaws
For more information on the union and our efforts to win Quality Jobs and Quality Home Care, please contact the union by phone at 571-432-0209 and by e-mail at email@example.com