Massachusetts has become the first state to enact a $15 per hour minimum starting wage. The announcement came Thursday, June 25th from the administration of recently elected Gov. Charlie Baker (R). Baker formerly was the CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a not-for-profit health services company.
Cities such as Seattle and Chicago have been on the leading edge of enacting $15 minimum wages for various kinds of workers involved in the fight for $15, but the state-wide Massachusetts agreement marks a watershed moment for home care workers.
All personal care attendants statewide will receive the $15 minimum wage as of July 1, 2018. An immediate $0.30 raise goes into effect July 1, 2015. There are more than 50,000 home care workers in Massachusetts, including those working for private agencies.
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