Members with the Jewish Family Services Association of Cleveland work as direct support workers, home care aides, and in other important roles. Today, members ratified a no-concessions contract. From wages to health insurance, the contract includes beneficial contract terms and improvements in several areas.
The contract includes the following terms:
• Health Insurance Rate Reduction. The contract ensures reduced health insurance rates, which was very important for members of the bargaining unit.
• Health Insurance Waiting Period. The contract also provides for enrollment in health insurance after 60 days of employment, instead of 90 days, which was the language under the previous contract.
• Union orientation. The new hire orientation program will now include union orientation, which will help ensure that the bargaining unit remains strong.
• Wage Increases. Members will receive wage increases for all classifications in each year of the agreement. The starting rate for home health aides will increase immediately by $1.25 an hour. Over the three year agreement, the starting rate for home health aide II positions will increase by $1.74 per hour. Workers in the home health aide II position will receive an immediate raise of up to $1.50 if below the new starting rate. Direct support workers will also receive an immediate raise of up to $1.25 an hour raise if below the new starting rate.
Congratulations to the bargaining committee and members with the Jewish Family Services Association of Cleveland. We are stronger together.