'Historic' contract for home-care workers
The Service Employees Union International Local 503, which represents 24,000 Oregon home-care workers, announced a tentative contract agreement with the state on Thursday. They called it historic.

The contract paves the way for a $15-an-hour wage for home-care workers by 2017, among other provisions.

SEIU Local 503 was met with a class action suit earlier this month from the Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington state. The Freedom Foundation advocates against required union membership. They recently opened an office in Salem.

She said workers from states where litigation similar to the Freedom Foundation’s has succeeded described their labor system as “in shambles,” saying worker’s weren’t able to live on their wages and they lost their benefits.