Boston Globe 11/9: "Overwhelming yes" vote of home health workers gives "momentum, strength" to hospital workers' call for Free & Fair elections
Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) voted by a 94% margin to form a union in the largest labor election in New England history. Supported by senior and disability advocacy groups, PCAs united in an effort to increase wages, benefits, and training opportunities to stabilize the workforce and provide quality care, enabling consumers to live independently in their homes. The Boston Globe reported that the vote "gives the union strong momentum as it moves toward its larger goal of attempting to organize about 55,000 workers at Boston's teaching hospitals."
The Greater Boston Labor Council represents 90,000 union members in the Boston area. Rich Rogers, head of the Council, recently wrote a letter to hospital board members urging them to begin a new relationship with workers at Boston hospitals.
Read his full letter (PDF).
This is a big day for me. Today, I voted with 22,000 of my fellow workers to improve our jobs while simultaneously improving the lives of the people we care for. How many people can say that? You see, I am a Personal Care Assistant (PCA). I'm sometimes called a homecare worker or a home health aide, and in Massachusetts, I'm also known as a "non essential" health care worker. Read full article at TheHuffingtonPost.com
The state's personal home care assistants have voted overwhelmingly to join a union, Service Employees International Union officials announced Thursday. The vote affects 1,780 PCAs in SouthCoast, said officials with the health-care workers union. There are 22,000 PCAs statewide and about 6,600 returned their ballots in the election, state officials said. Click here to read the full article at NewBedfordTimes.com
Cindy Purcell credits longtime friend and personal care attendant (PCA) Robin Congdon with helping her to “live normally” since a car accident 31 years ago left Purcell a quadriplegic. But, until yesterday, many of Congdon’s fellow PCAs were struggling to get by with a job that offers no health benefits, no vacation or sick days, and an average salary of $10.84 an hour. Read more at BostonMetro.com
Boston Metro-Historic Vote joins PCAs, union (PDF)
Thousands of home health care aides paid through Massachusetts' Medicaid program voted overwhemingly to organize under the Service Employees International Union, the union's Local 1199 said today. Click here to read the full article at BostonHerald.com