Grassroots labor advocates claim that if 1199SEIU home care workers got all the money they were owed, it would total $5 billion to $6 billion, putting staffing agencies out of business. The agencies say they'd need state help to pay the back wages.
The Fair Pay for Home Care Act, which would raise the minimum wage for home care workers by 150%, now has enough backers to pass the New York Assembly and the Senate. But Gov. Kathy Hochul hasn’t lent her support.