April 29, 2012
Service Charities Seek Ways to Help Their Lowest-Paid Employees Get By
As a certified nursing assistant at a nonprofit rehabilitation center in central Maine, Helen Hanson helps patients with basic activities healthy people take for granted—eating, dressing, bathing, and going to the bathroom. Because the 46-year-old aide works second shift, she earns $10.80 an hour, a dollar more than the base pay for a nursing assistant at the center, and she often picks up extra hours on weekends when wages rise to $12 an hour.
Still, Ms. Hanson says that