Home health care workers seek right to organize in Minnesota


It’s estimated that more than forty thousand people in Minnesota provide home health care for elderly or disabled people. Some of them have the power to form a union, but fifteen to twenty thousand of these Personal Care Assistants (PCA’s) work under the direction of the person receiving the health care. And they can’t, by state law, organize or bargain for their wages.

One of Minnesota’s largest unions wants to change that.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will make a bid to change the law during the upcoming legislative session in St. Paul.

Dave Zaffrann is with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and Zev Nicholson is a home care worker from Minneapolis. They talked with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh and Dale Connelly on the Morning Blend. [Audio below]