Missouri in-home care workers opt for union representation

JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri Home Care Union says a majority of in-home care providers for disabled residents around the state have voted for union representation.

The union said about 60 percent of those voting opted for union representation in election results tallied Wednesday.

The union would represent more than 12,000 workers who provide in-home services such as bathing, cooking and shopping for low-income disabled residents covered by Medicaid.

The unionization effort was authorized under a 2008 ballot initiative adopted by Missouri voters. A union election initially was held last summer, but those results were tossed out in court after a lawsuit alleged various procedural flaws.