Impasse on Oregon home care workers contract

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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 (http://is.gd/X3Wy6c) 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.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com