Source: By Becky Pallack, Arizona Daily Star, Published: 12.08.2007
About 500 Pima County caregivers must look for a new employer — but they’ll be doing the same jobs. Pima County is cutting their positions at Pima Health System as it privatizes some home-health support services.
…… The workers likely will be paid more and receive benefits, which weren’t part of their contracts with the county. Independent agencies can pay more because “they’re very competitive and very much want to retain their workers,” Siemsen said. The attendant caregivers were among Pima County employees who voted to join Service Employees International Union Local 5 in April.