April 24, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Longview, Wash – Service Employees International Union Local 775 has filed a class-action grievance against the state of Washington because its new payroll system has delayed some home health-care workers’ paychecks by more than three weeks.
Local 775 Secretary-Treasurer Adam Glickman said about 1,300 caregivers have filed online grievance forms with the union since the state Department of Social and Health Services began using a system called Individual ProviderOne to track the hours they worked. Heath Wemmer of Longview, who works full-time taking care of a disabled person, said he had to wait 22 days to get his check in March, and as of April 17, was still waiting for $443 for work from late March. That mean he’s been late on bills and rent and barely has enough gas money to drive his client to appointments, he said. Washington is the first state to integrate all Medicaid payments into one system, and DSHS said it adopted IPOne because the old system couldn’t log work time by the quarter-hour, which the federal government now requires. Read more