Peoria Public Radio Staff
Tue February 4, 2014
State homecare workers calling for wage increase
"They are the glue that holds his life together. In return, they are paid such low wages that it begs the imagination. They deserve better. They deserve much, much better. We should be ashamed."
Some Democratic lawmakers are pushing legislation to increase the minimum wage for these workers over the next few years, until it reaches $13 an hour. The legislators say a majority of homecare professionals are minority females who have to either work overtime hours, take on a second job, or fall back on public assistance. They say a boost in the wage for these workers would solve that income gap.