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CALL TO ACTION – PLEASE HELP

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $15 per hour minimum wage to be phased in over three years in New York City and five years for the rest of New York State. Direct Support Professionals, special education school aides/assistants, home care/ health care aides and others who provide critical supports to people with disabilities, children, seniors and other vulnerable individuals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, deserve a pay increase. Unfortunately, the Governor’s proposed budget includes a $15 minimum wage mandate but absolutely no funding to pay critical staff these increases that that are long overdue. After many years of no increase, providers that offer developmental disability, mental health, home care, health care, and other social service supports and services have no ability to absorb these costs or pay these increases without increases in their state funding. Without additional state funding, all of these supports and services for the most vulnerable New Yorkers are at risk. LEGISLATORS WILL BE BACK IN THEIR OFFICES ON MONDAY MARCH 28, 2016 AND WE NEED THEIR PHONES RINGING OFF THE HOOK!!! ASK 10 OTHER PEOPLE TO DO THE SAME!!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

ctaRING THEIR PHONES OFF THE HOOK: KEEP OUR MINIMUM WAGE FUNDING FOR THE DD COMMUNITY IN FRONT OF THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE AS THEY FINALIZE THE BUDGET
All week, we need one last big push with all of our families, staff and friends calling members, leaders & the governor to fund any minimum wage.

CALL AND SAY:
Be Fair to Direct Care!
I support an increase in the minimum wage. But direct support staff in services for people with developmental disabilities must not be left out.

The budget must provide $135 million to enable nonprofit providers-who rely exclusively on state funding-to afford to pay appropriate increases to direct support staff.

1. Governor (518) 474 -1041 and press 3 to speak to an assistant.

2. Senate switchboard – (518) 455 – 2800 – and ask for your Senator. You can find your Senator at www.nysenate.gov. Tell your Senator that they MUST fund any minimum wage increase in their final budget agreement.

3. Assembly switchboard (518) 455-4100 – and ask for your Assemblymember. You can find your Assemblymember at assembly.state.ny.us. Tell your Assemblymember that they MUST fund any minimum wage increase in their final budget agreement.

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