Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb: Direct-Care Professionals Deserve More Respect, Better Treatment

Posted to Applied Web NY on Tue, 03/05/2019 - 12:35

Direct-care professionals have one of the hardest, most demanding jobs in New York; they work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of those who have difficulty caring for themselves. While they have watched Gov. Cuomo flaunt his support for criminals, fast-food workers and Hollywood elites, their wages have flat-lined, funding for their programs remains far shy of what’s needed and they must fight and scrap for recognition at every turn.
 
Members of our conference have continued to support the #bFair2DirectCare initiative, which has fought for more funding and better pay for direct-care professionals. Earlier this week, our conference held a press conference highlighting our "Budget Blueprint for a Better New York." Providing a fair wage for direct-care workers is on top of our list of priorities for the 2019-20 State Budget.
 
Without adequate funding, the disability community is at serious risk of a devastating labor shortage. Failing to adjust the pay of direct-care workers will put an enormous strain on the struggling industry and create an incentive for skilled and experienced workers to seek employment elsewhere. Simply put, they can make more money doing less by working in a less demanding field.

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