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Senators send letter to Governor in support of Salary Reserve

Senator Karen Spilka and 24 of her Senate colleagues have signed a letter to Governor Deval Patrick, asking him to distribute the Salary Reserve as quickly as possible to low-paid human service workers.

The 25 senators -- more than 60 percent of the Senate -- join the 101 representatives -- more than 60 percent of the House -- in sending letters to Governor Patrick in support of the Salary Reserve. In total, more than 125 legislators of the 200 in Massachusetts sent a letter to Governor Patrick, asking him to release the Salary Reserve from its delay.

"We write to respectfully request that you distribute these funds as soon as possible to provide these low-paid human services workers with a raise of approximately 2 percent," the senators wrote. "Direct care workers are the backbone of this vital sector. ... Another year without a salary increase would be devastating to these low-paid workers."

To download the Senate's full letter, click here. The House's full letter can be found here.

The Providers' Council and The Caring Force continue to hold daily demonstrations at the Governor's office in an effort to urge him to release the reserve for low-paid workers. To join, contact Kevin Gilnack at the Providers' Council.