Currently, Wisconsin is short approximately 11,500 CNA positions. In 2017 the starting wage for a CNA was $10.75 per hour. CNAs are the ones who hold your hand or your loved one’s hand when they are scared or in pain. Yet, CNAs often don’t earn a living wage or have adequate benefits.
“CNAs are the backbone of our elder care in nursing homes, crucial to home health resources that maintain the independence and quality of life of the elderly and people with disabilities. Alongside nurses, CNAs are the foundation of patient safety in hospitals,” said Ms. Vander Hill.
SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin members and their allies came together at the Capitol on January 24th, to call for $15 / hour wages and the right to collectively bargain.