To Learning Disabilities Association of WNY supporters:
The current minimum wage upstate is $11.10/hr, however for fast food & hospitality industry employees in upstate it is $12.75/hr. The upstate minimum wage will increase to $11.80/hr on 12/31/19; at the same time the minimum wage for the fast food industry upstate will increase to $13.75 as of 12/31/19.
Direct Support Professionals are not minimum wage jobs, yet the current average upstate DSP wage is estimated to be approximately $10.50/hr
The goal of the #bFair2DirectCare Campaign is to secure additional governmental support to fund a living wage for our DSPs. Our modest request is to raise the funding in stages so that when fully implemented, DSPs on average, will be making $15.54 upstate.
We need NYS Legislature commitment to fund the #bFair2DirectCarecampaign in order to stabilize our workforce and allow providers to sustain the supports people with disabilities and their families require.
We need total buy in from all of you!
We need you all to demand NYS #bFair2DirectCare!
Below are links to materials you can use to engage our supporters in the 2019 #bFair2DirectCare campaign, including fact sheets, message points for Legislative visits, templates of letters they (and you) can write to our Legislators and legislative Contact information for both Western New York
Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget proposal fails
to include the funding necessary to give
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) a fair, living wage.
Encourage Governor Cuomo to correct this omission and add
the #bFair2DirectCare living wage funding in his budget proposal!
CALL 518-474-8390 and SAY:
- I am a [DSP, Parent, Self Advocate, etc.]
and a supporter of #bFair2DirectCare.
- The developmental disabilities community is in a crisis.
- Right now, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) across
New York State are making just above minimum wage and
can barely make ends meet, despite the difficult and vital work.
- These low wages for DSPs have lead to high vacancy
and turnover rates, leaving a devastating impact on
the individuals and families DSPs support.
- This impacts/ concerns me because [Insert reason
why #bFair2DirectCare is important to you.]
- Please add the #bFair2DirectCare living wage
funding DSPs deserve to your budget proposal.
POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
- Share with the Governor why #bFair2DirectCare
funding for DSP is need and why it's important to you!
- Tag @nygovcuomo in tweets and
@GovernorAndrewCuomo in Facebook posts.
- Use #bFair2DirectCare in all posts!
- Sample tweet: Low wages for DSPs have a devastating
impact on families like mine! @nygovcuomo please add
#bFair2DirectCare living wage funding DSPs deserve
to your budget proposal!
Tell Governor Cuomo to