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URGENT: Ask your representative to co-sponsor the Salary Reserve!

Your phone calls, e-mails and contacts with representatives are already making a difference.

As of 5 p.m. on April 12, 52 representatives have agreed to co-sponsor Representative David Linsky's Salary Reserve amendment. The amendment, the full text of which is below, would provide a $28 million Salary Reserve for human services workers making $40,000 and under.

Is your representative listed as a co-sponsor yet? We have received commitments from Representatives Kevin Aguiar, Denise Andrews, Bruce Ayers, Ruth Balser, Matthew Beaton, Antonio Cabral, Christine Canavan, James Cantwell, Tackey Chan, Cheryl Coakley-Rivera, Thomas Conroy, Stephen DiNatale, Paul Donato, Peter Durant, James Dwyer, Christopher Fallon, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, John Fernandes, John Fresolo, William Galvin, Sean Garballey, Jonathan Hecht, Kate Hogan, Donald Humason, Louis Kafka, Jay Kaufman, John Keenan, Kay Khan, Peter Kocot, Tim Madden, Paul McMurtry, Charles Murphy, David Nangle, Rhonda Nyman, James O'Day, Jerald Parisella, Alice Peisch, William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Denise Provost, Angelo Puppolo, Dennis Rosa, George Ross, Jeffrey Sanchez, Tom Sannicandro, Paul Schmid, John Scibak, Joyce Spiliotis, Thomas Stanley, Benjamin Swan, Walter Timilty, Chris Walsh and Martin Walsh. 

We need more support in the House! While securing 52 representatives as co-sponsors is a good start, this only amounts to about one-third of the House. We need your continued help today in contacting your legislator and asking them to sign onto the Salary Reserve as a co-sponsor!

Here are two quick ways you can help:

  1. If you haven't already contacted your legislator using our online advocacy tool, please do so immediately! Simply fill in your address and this tool will send a pre-written message to your state representative asking them to support Representative Linsky's Salary Reserve amendment.
  2. Call your State Representative and ask them to support the Salary Reserve amendment. Visit this page, enter your address and you can get your State Representative's phone number (his or her name will be listed under REP IN GENERAL COURT). Tell the person who answers the phone you're calling asking your representative to c0-sponsor Representative Linsky's Salary Reserve amendment.

You have already done so much, and we appreciate your continued advocacy. Please contact Bill Yelenak at the Providers' Council if you need any additional information. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the low-paid human services workers across Massachusetts.

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1599-6901.. For a reserve to adjust the wages, compensation or salary and associated employee-related costs to personnel earning less than $40,000 in annual compensation who are employed by private human service providers that deliver human and social services under contracts with departments within the executive office of health and human services and the executive office of elder affairs; provided, that home care workers shall be eligible for funding from this appropriation; provided further, that workers from shelters and programs that serve homeless individuals and families that were previously contracted through the Department of Transitional Assistance and the Department of Public Health currently contracted with DHCD and direct care workers that serve homeless veterans through the Dept. of Veterans Affairs shall be eligible for funding from this appropriation; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance may allocate the funds appropriated in this item to the departments in order to implement this initiative; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall condition the expenditure of appropriation upon assurances that the funds shall be used solely for the purposes of equal percentage adjustments to wages, compensation or salary; provided further, that not later than January 15, 2013, the executive office of health and human services shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report delineating the number of employees, by job title and average salary, receiving the adjustment in fiscal year 2013 and the average percentage adjustment funded herein; provided further, that the report shall also include, for each contract scheduled to receive any allocation from this item in each such department, the total payroll expenditures in each contract for the categories of personnel scheduled to receive the adjustments; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be allocated to special education programs under chapter 71B of the General Laws, contracts for early education and care services or programs for which payment rates are negotiated and paid as class rates as established by the division of health care finance and policy; provided further, that no funds shall be allocated from this item to contracts funded exclusively by federal grants as delineated in section 2D; provided further, that the total fiscal year 2013 costs of salary adjustments and any other associated employee costs authorized there under shall not exceed $28,000,000; provided further, that the executive office health and human services shall submit an allocation schedule to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days after disbursement of funds; and provided further, that the annualized cost of the adjustments in fiscal year 2014 shall not exceed the amount appropriated herein............ $28,000,000