Important SEIU Updates for Representatives and Workers

Thursday, October 07, 2021

New terms of agreement between SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has been reached, and these changes go into effect October 1, 2021. The new contract can be found by visiting SEIU’s website.

Below are important updates for your review: 


  • Starting Wage Rate: Effective October 1, 2021, the minimum hourly wage rate for all workers in the CDCS and CSG programs will be $14.40. Wages below this base rate will be updated accordingly to come into compliance with the new labor agreement. Please review the Participant’s spending summary to determine if a budget revision is needed or if you’ll need to adjust or reduce working schedules accordingly.

  • Max Pay Rate for Spouses and Paid Parents of Minors: The max pay rate will be $18.82 with PTO and $19.60 without PTO.

Paid Time Off (PTO)

  • All active workers in CDCS and CSG will begin earning one (1) hour of PTO for every 30 hours worked effective October 1, 2021.

  • The fee for PTO will increase to 4.15% of wages effective October 1, 2021.

Training Stipends

Stipends of $500 for Workers who have completed assigned and voluntary trainings made available through SEIU will continue. Stipends are not paid, tracked, or administered through PICS. For additional information about this stipend, contact the SEIU Member Action Center directly at 651.294.8100 or


Floating Holidays

In addition to the five (5) established holidays, there will be two (2) floating holidays available. Workers will be paid 1.5 times their normal rate of pay. Floating Holidays will become effective October 1, 2021. Note: PICS is awaiting further communication from DHS and SEIU about implementation and documentation requirements for floating holidays.


Budget and Rate Increases

The Minnesota Legislature has authorized:

  • 1.58% increase to CDCS (CAC, CADI, BI and DD) budgets.

  • 3.16% increase to CDCS Elderly Waiver (EW) and Alternative Care (AC) monthly case mix budgets.

  • 10.1% increase to CSG budgets.

This increase will be prorated effective October 1, 2021. These increases will help with a portion of the increased costs related to the new starting wage, PTO accrual rate and holiday pay changes.

We are here for you. PICS is aware that the updates listed above may impact the Participant’s current budget. Should you have questions, please contact your Service Coordinator. This notice can be translated into Hmong, Spanish or Somali upon request.

Do you have questions? If you want to know more about the contract changes, please contact the Member Action Center at 800.828.0206 or email them at