- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state has reached a tentative contract with home care workers that would raise their average wage to more than $14 an hour.

The contract between Service Employees International Union 775 and state labor officials was reached Thursday, but still needs to be ratified by the union. The Legislature would also have to approve the cost of the contract.

The state’s Office of Financial Management estimates that the agreement would cost about $90 million for the two year state budget that begins July 1, 2015. OFM says that the agreement will only be included in Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal if it is determined to be financially feasible.

The contract covers more than 33,000 people who provide long-term support and services for the elderly and disabled.

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