Bronx health care workers threaten to strike if they don't get a pay raise

About 2,500 employees from Premier Home Health Services in the Bronx plan to strike September 21 if they don't get the pay raise they are asking for.

1199 Health Care Union, which represents the workers, says the Premier employees will strike if they are not given $10 an hour by 2007. Currently the workers earn about $7 an hour.

The workers are responsible for taking care of the elderly or sick by helping them bathe and eat. Premier's chief operating officer told News 12 The Bronx that the company continues to negotiate with the union in good faith. The officer said currently the way the company is reimbursed from Medicare and Medicaid doesn't allow for a raise in salary.

Premier wants to offer the workers a 2-3 percent raise each year over four years but the union has not yet agreed to that deal.

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