Council to seek a $16.6m Salary Reserve in FY ‘14
Many human services organizations received a Salary Reserve payment from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services last month, thanks to the $20 million Salary Reserve the Council and its members secured together last summer. This provided more than 29,000 workers in the human services sector with a 2.38 percent salary increase.
This year, the Governor's House 1 budget omitted a Salary Reserve for direct care workers. While we understand that many of our workers are now covered under Chapter 257, there are still a large number of direct support professionals who rely on the Salary Reserve for a modest adjustment.
Accordingly, the Providers' Council will pursue a $16.6 million Salary Reserve in the FY '14 budget.
We will also be supportive of new revenues so that staff working under contracts that have been updated under Chapter 257 will also be eligible for modest salary adjustments.
We must support all of our direct care workers and ensure they are receiving an adequate wage. Please e-mail Bill Yelenak if you have any questions.