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Delegate Patrick Hope Joins With SEIU Virginia 512 To Urge Action on Home Care Crisis in Virginia Print

For Immediate Release

January 29, 2013




Richmond - Patrick A. Hope (VA-47) joined with members of SEIU Virginia 512 urge the General Assembly to address the home health care crisis in Virginia. SEIU Virginia 512 is a statewide union, representing Home Care providers, Fairfax County employees, and Loudoun County employees. The group advocates for better services for Virginia families and communities - as well as better pay and benefits for Virginia workers.

"I'm so honored to stand with Virginia's home care providers. No one works harder to provide high quality health care to our most vulnerable. Home care workers deserve our gratitude, appreciation, and respect." Hope told the packed room.

"From Abingdon to Arlington, Virginians need quality public services and quality jobs. Our members are committed to a better Virginia; a Virginia where we can all live, work, and raise a family with dignity," said David Broder, President of SEIU Virginia 512.

Also speaking was Julia Newton, Executive Vice President of SEIU Virginia 512 and a home care provider from Norfolk. "As a home care provider who earns just $8.86 per hour with no healthcare benefits, I can tell you firsthand that we need better quality jobs for our communities," said Newton. Furthermore, "Passing Medicaid Expansion, providing a living wage and paid sick days for home care workers, and ensuring funding for local public services will help get Virginia on track to creating good jobs."

Home Care providers such as Mrs. Newton earn just $8.86 per hour ($11.47 per hour in Northern Virginia), with no healthcare benefits, no sick days and no retirement. The low wages and lack of benefits leads to high workforce turnover rates, which subsequently threaten the health of older adults and people with disabilities across Virginia.

Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District representing part of Arlington County. He serves on the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee and House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee.


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