- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Home-care workers and the state will likely approve a contract that makes $15-per-hour wages possible.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1JqP2Ko) Service Employees Union International Local 503 announced that a tentative agreement had been reached with the state to increase wages to $14.50 per hour by February 2017.

An additional training certification would earn workers another 50 cents per hour starting in 2017.

State retirement options are also part of the contract, which bargaining team member Alice Redding says is a historic first for home-care workers. The contract also includes paid time off.

Selected union members will vote on ratifying the contract soon.

The union is facing a class action lawsuit filed by the Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit group based in Washington state that says union membership should not be required.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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