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Home Care Workers Deserve a Raise, St. Louis Newspaper Says

September 23, 2014

The editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has come out in favor of a wage increase for Missouri’s home care attendants.

Describing the home care workforce as “among the hardest working and lowest paid people in America,” the September 23 editorial argues that Missouri home care attendants should be earning at least $11 an hour.

The attendants, who are paid through Medicaid, along with allies in both their union and in the state legislature, have rallied in support of the higher wage in recent weeks. The workers currently earn an average wage of $8.60 an hour.

“That doesn’t seem enough for someone who comes into the home of a person who cannot care for himself and bathes, grooms, cooks and cleans for them,” the editorial says.

— by Matthew Ozga

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