Home care workers get long-awaited minimum wage boost

New York’s home care workers received a raise of $2 per hour beginning Oct. 1, under a wage hike agreement included in the state budget passed earlier this year, POLITICO’s Shannon Young reports.
The fiscal year 2023 spending billincluded a $3 hourly raise for home care workers to be rolled out over two years. It raised the minimum for home care workers in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties from $15 to $17 per hour.
The minimum wage for those in all other regions, meanwhile, rose from $13.20 to $15.20 per hour. Upstate regions will see another 70-cent increase, bringing them to a $15.90 minimum wage, effective on Dec. 31.
For years, advocates for long-term care have pushed Albany lawmakers to support a 150 percent increase in the minimum wage for those workers as part of a “Fair Pay for Home Care” campaign. They’ve argued that the budget’s $3 hourly increase does nothing to fix the state's home care workforce issues.
Source: Politico 

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