Nearly 65,000 Massachusetts healthcare workers are set to receive an increase in their salary under a new hazard pay agreement that was finalized on April 12, reports WWLP.com.
“The agreement calls for workers holding a license related to their occupation, such as a licensed practical nurse, to receive a $10 increase in their hourly wage, while all other workers will receive a $5 per hour pay bump,” according to the report. Workers who have not missed any shifts since MA was declared a state of emergency will also receive a $500 bonus.
“Our members know that they are needed now, perhaps more than ever,” said Mark Bernard, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 93, the union that brokered the deal. “And, they have really stepped up during the crisis. They have been wherever they are needed, whenever they are needed.”
Read more about the need for coronavirus hazard pay in Massachusetts and other states around the nation here.