Vital health care aides deserve living wage, too
Rod Watson got it right in his column, “State’s poorest workers get held hostage.” His persuasion to transition to a $15 minimum wage was highlighted by his compelling appeal: “What kind of society do we want to be”? I would like to add a few thoughts.
So much emphasis has been on fast-food workers. That’s fine, but I’m even more concerned that we elevate the wages and professional regard for health care workers in hospitals and especially long-term care facilities. Nursing homes are run on the backs of the aides and orderlies. Those good folks work so hard to provide compassionate care to our neighbors and family members who often require complete care and 24-hour supervision. This is very challenging and, frankly, often difficult and unpleasant work, but vitally important. Please don’t tell me we cannot give these strong, caring hard workers a living wage.