- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A new contract is giving a boost to homecare providers in Vermont.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees International, signed the first contract Thursday for Vermont’s homecare workers’ union.

The contract for AFSCME Local 4802, Council 93, allows a wage of $10.80 an hour for workers, with a 2.5 percent raise for those currently making over that.

Providers making $116 a day will earn $150 a day, and a 2.5 percent raise for those currently earning above that rate.

During the 2013 legislative session, state lawmakers passed legislation allowing for homecare workers to form a union.

Mary Warren, an Orange County homecare provider, said the contract will change their lives.

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