Home Care Workers Rising Summit in St. Louis

Home Care Workers Need a Raise!In a historic first, hundreds of workers from unions as well as private sector workers and care consumers gathered in St. Louis, MO to help define the future of care, together.

The timing for this gathering could not be more urgent: more than 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day, and 90 percent of all Americans want to stay at home as they age. The demand for home care is huge and growing, and this workforce is expected to double by 2020.

These workers do the hard but vital work of making it possible for our aging loved ones and family members with disabilities to live independently at home and in their communities.

Yet home care is the lowest-paid fastest growing workforce in our country. The vast majority of home care workers are paid poverty wages, earning a median hourly wave of $9.38 for an annual income of just over $17,000. Wages are so low that half of all home care workers qualify for public assistance.

As a nation, we understand that we need to value home care workers — and that when we do, we’re also reaffirming the value of those they care for. Together we’re be defining what a 21st-century economy rooted in the value of caregiving can and should look like.

The event was organized by Caring Across Generations, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, National Jobs with Justice, SEIU and AFSCME.

Governor Jay Nixon has the ability to raise Missouri Home Care Workers’ base wage to $11/hour. Tell Jay Nixon to raise their wage now!

Check out coverage in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Missouri Times.