ST. LOUIS — Missouri’s largest well being care employees union on Thursday unveiled a slate of coverage reforms to handle points highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, together with boosting the minimal wage to $15 an hour and increasing authorized protections for employees who report security considerations.
“These insurance policies may have life-saving advantages for each well being care employee in our state,” stated Ashley Mosley, a cook dinner at Crestwood Well being Care Middle in Florissant and a member of SEIU Healthcare Missouri, which represents greater than 4,000 hospital and nursing dwelling employees throughout the state.
The reforms have been drafted after a yearlong battle on the frontlines of the pandemic, during which employees have been contaminated and killed by COVID-19, stated Lenny Jones, a director and vp of the union.
Whereas employees have protested insufficient private protecting gear, hazard pay and sick depart, they’re additionally calling for a lift in public transportation and schooling to help employees, most of them Black and non-white from deprived neighborhoods, Jones stated.
Higher pay and public welfare would enhance care by making boosting staffing and eliminating a necessity for well being care workers to work a number of jobs to make ends meet, he stated.
The union is asking for:
• A statewide minimal wage of $15 an hour, by 2025.