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Amid Pandemic States Nursing Home Workers Will Get Extra Pay

By Laura Krantz April 14, 2020 After pressure from desperately understaffed nursing homes, state officials on Tuesday said they will soon grant the facilities permission to boost some workers’ pay by 25 percent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus rips through the state, the jobs of nursing home staff have become newly hazardous. The virus has infected not only elderly residents but also workers, in one case killing a nurse. As workers go out sick or stay home due to fear, facilities have struggled to retain staff, especially the low-paid nursing aides who earn barely more than minimum wage. The state’s decision to increase nursing ...

Holyoke mayor believes those incarcerated should receive fair minimum wage

By Jada Furlow March 28, 2020 Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse calls for incarcerated individuals to establish a fair minimum wage. According to a news release sent to 22New, Morse believes Congress should amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to explicitly include incarcerated workers in order to support the dignity of their life-saving contributions to the community’s fight against COVID-19. Morse feels that it is ‘unconscionable’ that inmates at Hampden County Jail and the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee are being paid no more than $1 per hour for their life-saving work. Read More