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New report details economic impact of human services

BOSTON – Jobs in the Massachusetts human services sector grew by nearly 48 percent between 2003 and 2011 and the total economic impact of the disposable income earned by the sector’s 145,000-person workforce was $3.4 billion in 2011, according to a report released at a State House briefing on Wednesday, March 25.

Coakley commits to attend Gubernatorial Forum

Boston—The Providers’ Council, which represents a sector with more than 145,000 employees across Massachusetts, will host a Human Services Gubernatorial Forum on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at historic Faneuil Hall. WCVB-TV’s Karen Holmes Ward will moderate the forum. The Democratic nominee, Attorney General Martha Coakley, confirmed her attendance today, joining Republican nominee Charlie Baker and independent candidates Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick.

Providers’ Council to Host Human Services Gubernatorial Forum

Boston — The Providers’ Council, which represents a sector with more than 145,000 employees across Massachusetts, will host a Human Services Gubernatorial Forum on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at historic Faneuil Hall. WCVB-TV’s Karen Holmes Ward will moderate the forum.

Report details low salaries in human services sector

BOSTON – A new survey of small- and medium-sized nonprofit organizations shows that low-paid workers in the human and social services sectors experienced little wage growth and stagnant salaries over the past four years.

Human service advocates applaud Senate spending plan

BOSTON – Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes, the head of the Commonwealth's largest association of human service providers, issued the following statement after the passage of the Senate budget proposal late Thursday.

Human service advocates to rally for funding at State House

BOSTON – More than 500 human service workers, clients/consumers and supporters from The Caring Force plan to rally at the State House to urge the Legislature to fairly fund human service programs and wages on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 with registration starting at 10 a.m.

Governor proposes new community-based human services investments

BOSTON – Governor Patrick unveiled his FY ’15 House 2 budget proposal on Wednesday afternoon, calling for major investments in human services, including an additional $162 million for community residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Dick Hoyt to keynote Council’s 38th Annual Convention

BOSTON – Dick Hoyt of Team Hoyt will deliver the keynote address at the 38th Annual Providers’ Council Convention & Expo, Champions for Change, at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Hoyt and his son, Rick, form Team Hoyt and they have competed in 31 Boston Marathons, including earlier this year when they were stopped short of the finish line after the explosions along Boylston Street. He will inspire attendees by promoting the Team Hoyt motto of “Yes You Can” during his keynote.

Salary Reserve amendment adopted in Senate budget

BOSTON – In a unanimous vote, the Senate approved an amendment adding a $11.5 million one-time Salary Reserve to its budget proposal, giving a modest salary increase to low-paid direct care workers who perform incredibly complex jobs.

Gov’s proclamation: May 20 to 26 is ‘Social Enterprise Week’

BOSTON – Businesses having a primary purpose as “the common good” will be celebrated throughout Massachusetts next week, as Governor Deval Patrick has signed a proclamation marking May 20 through May 26 as “Social Enterprise Week” in Massachusetts.

Over 500 to rally at State House for human services funding on April 9

BOSTON – More than 500 human services clients, consumers, workers, family members, executives, board members and volunteers – all members of The Caring Force – plan to attend a rally in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston on Tuesday, April 9 to urge the Legislature to fairly fund human services programs and workers.

BC report says Mass. could lead ‘social innovation movement’

BOSTON – Human services organizations in Massachusetts are in a unique position to lead the social innovation movement, according to a new report from the Center for Social Innovation at the Boston College School of Social Work.

Providers’ Council lauds Gov. Patrick’s progressive tax plan

BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick’s progressive proposal to raise the income tax and cut the sales tax should help many low-paid human services workers, consumers and clients, while bringing more funding into the human services system, Providers’ Council President & CEO Michael Weekes said Thursday.

Providers’ Council thanks Sec. Bigby for years of service

BOSTON – Providers’ Council President and CEO Michael Weekes on Thursday issued a statement thanking Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby for her years of dedication to human services and state government.

Administration plans Human Services Salary Reserve release

BOSTON – Executive Office of Administration & Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez announced Tuesday afternoon that the administration would release the Salary Reserve, providing low-paid human services workers with their first annualized salary increase in five years.

Drew Dudley to keynote Council’s 37th Annual Convention

BOSTON – Nuance Leadership founder Drew Dudley will deliver the keynote address at the 37th Annual Providers’ Council Convention & Expo at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel on Wednesday, November 28.

Speaker Robert DeLeo to receive Providers’ Council award

BOSTON – The Providers’ Council, the state’s largest human services membership association, will honor Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo on Friday morning at Winthrop Middle School for his dedication to Winthrop youth and human services workers who provide essential services to one in ten Massachusetts residents.

Legislature completes override of Gov.‘s Salary Reserve veto

BOSTON – The Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to override Governor Deval Patrick’s veto of the Human Services Salary Reserve. The House unanimously voted to override the veto on July 17.

House overrides Gov. Patrick’s Salary Reserve veto

BOSTON – The House voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon to override Governor Deval Patrick’s veto of the Human Services Salary Reserve. Governor Patrick vetoed the $20 million Salary Reserve on July 8. “We thank Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Representative David Linsky and the entire House for overriding the Governor’s veto of this critical investment in our human services workforce,” said Providers’ Council President and CEO Michael Weekes. “These workers have gone without an annualized salary increase for five years, and the House’s efforts to restore this funding are appreciated by the tens of thousands of workers across the human services sector.”

Nearly 70 percent of House supports override of Governor’s Salary Reserve veto

BOSTON – Just one week after Governor Patrick cut in half a $20 million Salary Reserve for low-paid workers, nearly 70 percent of the House is supporting an effort to override the Governor’s veto. Rep. David Linsky and 107 other representatives sent a letter Monday to Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, asking him to support an override of the Governor’s veto of the Salary Reserve. The Salary Reserve is a fund which would provide a modest salary increase to 31,500 human services workers who haven’t received an annualized salary adjustment in five years and make an average of $12 an hour.

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