WHY NOT US? CDPA workers deserve a raise too.
For years, CDPAANYS has been making the case that personal assistants need a wage increase. We have argued that the artificially low cost demanded by Medicaid payments prevents consumers from being able to hire and keep a high quality workforce because personal assistants can not afford to live on the low wages the program offers. Recently, Governor Cuomo convened a wage board to examine the wages paid to workers in the fast food industry and make recommendations as to whether or not the base wage in that sector should be $15.
The wage board will be holding 4 hearings around the state. We are asking that you show up and make yourself visible to those making decisions. Do you have a shirt from Lobby Day? Wear it! Make signs that ask “What about us?” or “Where is my raise?” or “Medicaid must pay a living wage!” Maybe even “Working in Medicaid shouldn’t put me on Medicaid!” Be creative! Come up with your own slogans and signs. Just don’t be disrespectful to the fast food workers – we don’t want to put down one group to get what we need. It’s not the fast food workers fault that Medicaid doesn’t pay more! Also, we don’t want to cause a ruckus. Sit in the audience with your shirts and signs. Grab a seat right up front! Don’t yell. Don”t cause a scene. The wage board has no power to give us what we want. Our goal is to get noticed. Make the Governor feel pressure and put this on his agenda.
If you want to go to a hearing, you MUST pre-register. There are two forms: online pre-registration, and a pre-registration form that you must fax or mail.
The full URL for pre-registration is here: http://labor.ny.gov/secure/worker-protection/labor-standards/register.shtm
The dates, times and locations of the Wage Board hearings have been announced:
Fast Food Wage Board Meetings And Hearings
|June 5, 2015
|Buffalo||Common Council Chamber
City Hall, 13th Floor
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY 14202
|June 15, 2015
|New York City||New York University
NYU Kimmel Center, C95 Lecture Hall
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
|June 18, 2015
|Long Island||Nassau Community College
College Center Building, Multi-Purpose Room
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY 11530
|June 22, 2015
|Albany||Legislative Office Building
198 State Street
Albany, NY 12210
In New York City, call TK Small at 212-293-9999, x270, firstname.lastname@example.org
In Long Island, call Therese Brzezinski at 516-796-0144, email@example.com
In Albany, call Denise DiNoto at 518-464-0810, Denise@cdchoices.org