5 months after voting to unionize, Minnesota home-care workers agree on contract with state



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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Newly unionized in-home health care providers have reached a contract agreement with the state.

About 27,000 home care workers would be paid a minimum of $11 hourly. The contract also provides funding for training and five days of paid time off.

The Service Employees International Union announced their tentative contract on Thursday. It will have to be approved by union members and the Legislature.

Thousands of Minnesota home care-workers voted in August to form their own union. Their effort has weathered several legal challenges from opponents who argued the 2013 law allowing home-care workers to unionize was unconstitutional.

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