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#BFair2DirectCare Movement Takes on Downtown Binghamton

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Achieve and local Arc chapters hosted a #BFair2DirectCare Rally on the Broome County Courthouse lawn on Friday.

Over 100 people rallied together to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to "fulfill his promise of years 3 and 4 livable wage funding for Direct Support Professionals". 

Direct Support Professionals work with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities but due to being paid such low wages many of these workers are either forced to do countless hours of overtime or pick up a second or third job just to keep food on the table for their families and pay bills.

Governor Cuomo pledged six years of cost of living to fund to be included in each State Budget starting in 2018, but it wasn't included in the 2020 budget address and the #BFair2DirectCare are calling on Cuomo to stand by his word and include Direct Support Professional funding in his "30-day amendments".

Amy Howard, Achieve CEO says In our field were on the verge of a workforce crisis statewide… DSP’s are making wages that are not allowing us to retain them in terms of employment in our organizations”.

“So many of our DSP's earn wages that are not able to allow them to sustain for their own families and needs... so we find many of them work second jobs, numerous overtime hours and they really need to do more just to satisfy their own means and the needs of their families... it's really important we can lift their wages so they can meet their own individual needs and so we can also retain them as employees”