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Vermont home-care providers get first contract

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A new contract is giving a boost to home-care providers in Vermont.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees International, signed the first contract Thursday for Vermont's home-care workers' union.

The contract for AFSCME Local 4802, Council 93, allows a wage of $10.80 an hour for workers, with a 2.5 percent raise for those currently making over that.

Providers making $116 a day will earn $150 a day, and a 2.5 percent raise for those currently earning above that rate.

During the 2013 legislative session, state lawmakers passed legislation allowing for home-care workers to form a union.

Mary Warren, an Orange County home-care provider, said the contract will change their lives.

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