Topic at Senate hearing expected to be the need to increase wages for home care workers

Wages for essential service workers who take care of disabled and elderly people were expected to be the topic during the Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Advocates are asking for a boost in funding to deal with staff shortages in that sector.

There is a higher vacancy rate in the field now compared to before the pandemic began.

Services and programs have closed down due to staff shortages, and after surveying agencies, 93% reported job applicants have declined.

Workers make on average between $15.42 and $15.88, which is comparable to fast food workers who make $15.

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