Impasse on Oregon home care workers contract



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s largest public employees union launched a statewide radio ad campaign Monday accusing Gov. John Kitzhaber of trying to eliminate health insurance for thousands of low-wage home care workers.

The Service Employees International Union represents about 12,000 workers who earn about $10 an hour to provide in-home care for the elderly and disabled.

The Oregonian reports ( the union and the state have been unable to agree on a contract because of a disagreement over health insurance coverage for the workers.

It will be an issue for the Legislature when it convenes next month, facing difficult budget decisions.


Information from: The Oregonian,