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#bFair2DirectCare Update:
Gov. Cuomo proposed a budget on Jan. 15 without #bFair2DirectCare dollars. During the budget’s 30-day amendment period, we must ask the governor to add #bFair2DirectCare to his proposal by letting him know our concerns via emails, telephone calls and social media.

While we were successful in 2017 in getting the Governor and Legislature to include $191 million in the enacted state budget to provide two consecutive 3.25% wage increases for DSPs, that is not enough to fully fund living wages for DSPs. On Long Island, we are competing for staff with New York City businesses and similar agencies who already offer the $15 minimum wage. At AHRC Nassau, 26% of staff commute from NYC and surrounding boroughs. With an average pay rate of $13.46 and a minimum wage of $12, there is concern that the challenge of retaining staff will become much worse.

Here’s how you can make a difference. Share your concerns with the governor by:

Email: Visit ahrc.convio.net/DSPFUNDING to access a templated letter that can be updated and sent to the governor.

Telephone: Call the governor at 518.474.8390:
“My name is _________________. I’m a concerned (direct support professional, nurse, etc.) who supports people with developmental disabilities. I am calling because no allocation for #bFair2DirectCare was included in Gov. Cuomo’s recent budget proposal. I’m calling to ask that it be added during the 30-day budget amendment period. Share Your Personal Story. Thank you for your consideration.”

Social Media Advocacy
Facebook/Twitter: Every Friday, a #bFair2DirectCare post will be shared on AHRC Nassau’s accounts. Feel free to share and repost.
Social Media Toolkit: Interested in posting more frequently? Included below are draft Facebook posts and tweets to help raise awareness of bFair2DirectCare on social media. Please feel free to personalize and remember to tag Gov. Cuomo — @GovernorAndrewCuomo on Facebook and @NYGovCuomo on Twitter. Also, please include @bFair2DirectCare in all Facebook posts, as well as @Fair2DirectCare and/ or #bFair2DirectCare in all tweets. Looking fore more? Check out messages and images from the #bFair2DirectCare toolkit.

Draft Facebook Posts
The developmental disabilities community is in the midst of a crisis & it’s only getting worse. New York State must address this crisis by providing adequate & sustainable funding so that direct support professionals can finally earn a living wage. Follow @bFair2DirectCare to show
your support.

We’re standing up for direct support professionals (DSPs) & the critical work they do by joining the @BFair2DirectCare coalition in their fight towards a living wage for DSPs! Learn more: http://www.bfair2directcare.com/

SPEAK UP for direct care workers & the individuals with developmental disabilities they support.

Learn how you can get involved in the @bFair2DirectCare campaign by visiting http://www.bfair2directcare.com/get-involved.

Despite the high demands of the job, direct care workers earn astonishingly low wages- even less than people make at fast-food restaurants and big-box stores. It’s time for New York State to @bFair2DirectCare & give direct care workers a living wage.


Draft Tweets

The developmental disabilities community is in the midst of a crisis & it’s only getting worse. NYmust address this by providing adequate funding for direct care workers to earn a #livingwage.

Follow @Fair2DirectCare to show your support. #bFair2DirectCare

We’re standing up for direct support professionals & the critical work they do by joining the @Fair2DirectCare coalition in their fight towards a #livingwage for DSPs! Learn more:
http://www.bfair2directcare.com/ #bFair2DirectCare

SPEAK UP for direct care workers & the individuals with developmental disabilities they support.

Learn how you can get involved in the @Fair2DirectCare campaign by visiting http://www.bfair2directcare.com/get-involved. #bFair2DirectCare

Despite the high demands of the job, direct care workers earn astonishingly low wages- even less than people make at fast-food restaurants and big-box stores. It’s time for #NewYork to #bFair2DirectCare & give direct care workers a living wage.

Direct support workers do more than the minimum, they DESERVE to make more than the minimum! Follow @Fair2DirectCare to show your support! #bFair2DirectCare


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