SEIU Healthcare Reaches Historic Tentative Agreement with Help at Home Indiana

24.02.15 Indy lobby day 01

We’re incredibly proud to share with you that our bargaining team reached a tentative agreement for our new contract with Help at Home Indiana! Because we stood united, spoke out and took action, we’ve won a strong new agreement that made progress on our top priorities!

This tentative agreement proves what we’ve always known to be true: when we stand together and fight to make our jobs and communities better, we win. Voting to approve the agreement will take place from July 8-July 12. Be on the lookout for information about when and where you can cast your vote to approve our new contract!

Our new agreement will improve the lives of thousands of Indiana caregivers—because of our collective power.

Here are the main highlights:

  • 49% raises for Homemaker & Attendant Care when compared to the $11/hr starting wage,
  • 31% raises for Home Health Aides when compared to the $12.50/hr starting wage,
  • 13% raises for Direct Service Providers (DSP/DD) when compared to the $15/hr starting wage, 
  • Increased mileage from $.40/mi to $.43/mi,
  • Increased travel pay from $2.75/hr to $3/hr,
  • Doubled vacation time for workers with seniority, and
  • TEN months of backpay!

Your Union Bargaining Committee recommends a YES vote to make these gains a reality! See below for full details about our raises, retro pay (or backpay, and other economic improvements).

In solidarity,

Your union bargaining committee.

Tentative Agreement between SEIU HCII and Help at Home Indiana

Article 12: Health and Safety

NEW SECTION: If a public health emergency is declared by the federal, state, city or county government, either the Union or the Employer may request to negotiate the impacts on the workers and the clients they serve. Both sides will work to meet within 30 days of the request or soon as reasonably practicable.

NEW SECTION 2: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The Employer will provide all bargaining unit employees with the necessary PPE such as gloves, facemasks, and sanitizer. In addition, bargaining unit employees servicing clients infected with COVID19 shall be provided with masks and gowns.

Article 20: Records and Pay Periods

Section 1: Pay Days

New language clarifying existing practice: Paydays are every week on Friday according to a specific payday schedule that the Employer will make available to all Employees. Paychecks are either mailed out to Employees on Paydays or sent for pick up at a specified location on the following day or by pay card.

Article 32: Wages

Backpay Calculation:

Bargaining unit employees active as of the date of ratification for all hours during the period of September 1, 2023, through July 6, 2024, shall receive back pay (retroactive pay) at the following pay rate per their respective job classification hours. Active for purposes of this Section means employees who have received at least one paycheck in the four payrolls preceding the date of ratification.

Years of Service
Homemaker,
Attendant Care,
Home Health Aide
Direct Service Providers (DSP/DD)
0$15.00$16.00
1$15.20$16.20
2$15.40$16.40
3$15.60$16.60
4$15.80$16.80
5$16.00$17.00
6$16.20$17.20
7$16.40$17.40
8$16.60$17.60
9$16.80$17.80
10$17.00$18.00
11$17.20$18.20
12$17.40$18.40
13$17.60$18.60
14$17.80$18.80
15$18.00$19.00
16$18.20$19.20
17$18.40$19.40
18$18.60$19.60
19$18.80$19.80
20$19.00$20.00
21$19.20$20.20
22$19.40$20.40
23$19.60$20.60
24$19.80$20.80

New Hourly Rates: Effective July 7, 2024, bargaining unit employees shall be paid based on the following wage scale:

Years of ServiceHomemaker,
Attendant Care,
Home Health Aide
Direct Service Providers (DSP/DD)
0$16.35$17.00
1$16.55$17.20
2$16.75$17.40
3$16.95$17.60
4$17.15$17.80
5$17.35$18.00
6$17.55$18.20
7$17.75$18.40
8$17.95$18.60
9$18.15$18.80
10$18.35$19.00
11$18.55$19.20
12$18.75$19.40
13$18.95$19.60
14$19.15$19.80
15$19.35$20.00
16$19.55$20.20
17$19.75$20.40
18$19.95$20.60
19$20.15$20.80
20$20.35$21.00
21$20.55$21.20
22$20.75$21.40
23$20.95$21.60
24$21.15$21.80

The above wage scale shall continue with increments of $.20 for each additional year of seniority.

Article 33: Travel Pay

Section 1: Paid Travel Time

Improved travel time: Effective July 1, 2024, all Employees who travel from one client assignment to another client assignment during the course of a workday shall receive $3.00 per trip between clients.

Employees shall not be required to submit paperwork in order to be paid for their travel time. Travel time shall be paid on the payroll date corresponding to the pay period in which the travel was performed.

Section 2: Mileage Reimbursement

Improved Mileage: Effective July 1, 2024, all Employees using automobiles will be reimbursed at a rate of $.43 cents per mile for authorized trips transporting clients and performing client errands as specified in the Plan of Care or I.S.P.

Employees shall be reimbursed on a monthly basis for their mileage, by the end of the month following the month in which the mileage was incurred, provided paperwork is timely submitted. (By way of example, employees who submit their travel documentation for mileage incurred in November by December 1, shall be paid by the end of December).

Article 34: Paid Vacation Leave

Section 1: Eligibility

Improved Vacation: After one full year of employment, Employees who work an average of twenty-seven (27) hours per week over the previous fifty-two (52) weeks shall be entitled to annual paid vacation benefit as follows:

  1. For employees with 1 but less than 5 years of service, vacation equivalent to one-week’s average hours worked in the preceding fifty-two (52) weeks; and
  2. For employees with 5 or more years of service, vacation equivalent to two week’s average hours worked in the preceding fifty-two (52) weeks.

Employees’ vacation eligibility shall be calculated on the employees’ seniority date/anniversary date of employment. The Employer shall make available to employees on its payroll system (Workday or any subsequent system) all vacation hours accrued and hours remaining. Vacation can be used in individual day increments.

Article 37: Duration

This agreement dated July 1, 2023 shall be in full force and effect through July 31, 2026. Thereafter, this Agreement shall automatically be renewed from year to year, unless either party gives written notice of its intention to terminate or modify this Agreement, at least ninety (90) days prior to the date of expiration of this Agreement or any extension thereof.

NEW ARTICLE: HEALTH INSURANCE

Consistent with the Employer’s and Union’s mutual desire to set the standard in the industry in Indiana for both workers’ terms and conditions of employment and care of consumers, the parties agree to discuss the feasibility and explore possible options of providing improved health and welfare benefits to employees.

New Branch Offices Covered Under Our Union Contract:

By virtue, or acquisitions and/or consolidations, the following offices are covered by this agreement:

  • Evansville, IN
  • Connersville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • New Albany, IN
  • Richmond, IN
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Vincennes, IN