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Business leaders & professionals letter on Salary Reserve

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Providers’ Council • Human Services Providers Charitable Foundation, Inc.250 Summer St., Ste. 237 • Boston, MA 02210 • p: 617.428.3637 • f: 617.428.1533 • e: info@providers.org
September 1, 2011His Excellency Deval Patrick President Therese Murray Speaker Robert DeLeoOffice of the Governor State Senate State House of RepresentativesState House State House State HouseRoom 280 Room 332 Room 356Boston, MA 02133 Boston, MA 02133 Boston, MA 02133Dear Governor Patrick, Senate President Murray and Speaker DeLeo:As leaders in the state’s business sectors, we are without question pleased that theMassachusetts’ economy continues to improve. But in our role as board members of community-based human services organizations, we are enormously troubled by the low wages the statecontinues to provide to our organization’s direct care workers and its refusal to secure solutions.
We respectfully add our voices to the request that the Governor submits
 
a supplemental budgetrequest containing a $28 million salary reserve for the more than 31,000 employees who makeless than $40,000 per year
.
In addition, we are asking legislative leaders to take action to ensurethat the next supplemental budget request includes a $28 million salary reserve.
Direct care workers are among the lowest-paid employees in the state, and they work in a criticalsector that helps to drive the economy in the Commonwealth. We view this appropriation as acritical investment in the Commonwealth’s workforce.More than 31,000 direct care workers in community-based settings have not received even a basiccost-of-living adjustment since fiscal year 2008. In June, 3 percent increases were given to morethan 4,000 executive branch managers, while low-paid workers in the human services sector haveseen stagnant salaries while dealing with the rising costs of transportation, insurance and otherbasic needs.The state now has the opportunity to help direct care workers who have, as the Governor has putit, “shared in the sacrifice” these last three years. In our judgment, none are more deserving thanthese hard working women and men who serve one in 10 residents in Massachusetts.
 
Providers’ Council • Human Services Providers Charitable Foundation, Inc.250 Summer St., Ste. 237 • Boston, MA 02210 • p: 617.428.3637 • f: 617.428.1533 • e: info@providers.org
If direct care workers are unable to care for our employees’ elderly parents or children withdisabilities, our businesses would experience increased absences, decreased productivity orpossibly resignations because employees may need to leave their jobs and care for a familymember.While the human services sector’s direct care staff members have been chronically underpaid, weunderstood the state’s need to tighten its belt during the recession. In fact, many of ourcompanies were forced to take a similar course of action. But those employees who shared in thesacrifice should now be compensated for their efforts.The Commonwealth has been posting strong economic gains for several months, and we werefurther encouraged to hear the Department of Revenue state that the Commonwealth hadcollected $1.442 billion in taxes in July – 6.6 percent better than July 2010 and $60 million betterthan projected for the month.After going without any type of salary adjustment since fiscal year 2008, we believe the time torecognize one of the Commonwealth’s most dedicated workforces is now. We must care for thosewhom we entrust to help the most vulnerable individuals in the state. A salary adjustment of lessthan $18/week for these employees is more than warranted.We stand together with leaders from the human services sector in making this request, and wewould be happy to meet with you.Thank you for your time and your consideration of this critical adjustment.Sincerely yours,The board leaders of human services organizations
John Abraham
,
Engineer/Consultant 
– HMEA
Joseph Ailinger
,
BNY Mellon
– Bay Cove Human Services
Thomas Aites
,
TD Bank 
– Bay Cove Human Services
Alexy D. Arauz-Boudreau, MD
,
Massachusetts General Hospital 
 – Family Service of Greater Boston
 Warren Bacon
,
Initiative for a New Economy 
– Children’s Services of Roxbury
 Robert G. Bannish
,
Heard & Bigelow, Inc.
– Family Service of Greater Boston
Carol Baribeau
,
Carol Baribeau Consulting
– Center for Human Development
Stephen C. Bazarian Esq.
,
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
– Community Resources for Justice
Tama Bello
,
Chelsea Jewish Community 
– MA Council for Home Care Aide Services
Meg Beturne
,
Baystate Medical Center 
– The Children’s Study Home
 Penny Blaisdell
,
BlaisdellCooper 
– Family Service of Greater Boston
 
Providers’ Council • Human Services Providers Charitable Foundation, Inc.250 Summer St., Ste. 237 • Boston, MA 02210 • p: 617.428.3637 • f: 617.428.1533 • e: info@providers.org
Aaron Bonner
,
Babson Capital Managemen
– The Children’s Study Home
 Julius Britto
,
 Attentive Home Care, Inc.
– MA Council for Home Care Aide Services
Michael L. Brown
 , Boston Financial Management 
– Community Work Services
Gerry Ann Brown
,
 Action Inc. Home Care Services
– MA Council for Home Care Aide Services
Greg Buscone
,
Citizens Bank 
– Bay Cove Human Services
Brian Callery
,
1017 Financial Group
– Community Resources for Justice
Juan Campbell
,
Health New England 
– The Children’s Study Home
 Loring Carlson
,
Western New England College
– Center for Human Development
Amy Caruso
,
Babson Capital Management 
– The Children’s Study Home
 Robert Chateauneuf 
,
Berkshire Bank 
– Center for Human Development
Lisa Clewes
, Chase, Clark, Stewart & Fontana Insurance Agency – The Association for Community Living
Sarah T. Connolly
,
Nixon Peabody LLP
– Family Service of Greater Boston
Laura Connors
,
Social Worker 
– Bay Cove Human Services
Mary Jo Cooper
 , Bay Cove Human Services
 – NuPath, Inc.
 Dawn Creighton
,
 Associated Industries of Massachusetts
– Center for Human Development
Seth Crocker
,
Crocker Building Company 
– The Children’s Study Home
 Jo-Ann W. Davis Esq.
,
Baystate Health
– Center for Human Development
Joseph C. Davis
,
Waste Management 
– HMEA
Tiziana C. Dearing
,
Boston Rising
– Community Resources for Justice
Jennifer DeMoe
,
Barre Savings Bank 
– The Children’s Study Home
 Thomas J. DeSimone
,
W.S. Development Associates LLC 
– Community Resources for Justice
Dale Desmarais
,
 Aegis Energy Services, Inc.
– The Children’s Study Home
 Linda Donoghue
,
 Jewish Geriatric Services
– Center for Human Development
Kathleen Dowd
,
Human Service Forum
– Western Massachusetts Training Consortium
Wendy Drastal
,
Home Care, Inc.
– MA Council for Home Care Aide Services
Denise Dukette
,
New England Bank 
– Center for Human Development
Paul Dzialo
,
 Affinity Home Health Care
– MA Council for Home Care Aide Services
Bob Fafard
, Retired; Former Owner, Fafard Lawn Products – The Association for Community Living
Robert Fanning
 , Beverly Hospital (Retired)
– Family Service of Greater Boston
Robert Fawls
,
Basis Point Group
– Community Work Services
 David M. Felper
,
Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
– HMEA
Pam Fernandes
,
 Johnson & Hill Staffing
– The Children’s Study Home
 Michael Ferry
,
Businessman
 – Berkshire County Arc, Inc.
Shannon Filippelli
 , van Schouwen Associates, LLC 
– The Children’s Study Home
Jim Foard, Jr.
, Financial Advisor – The Association for Community Living
 David J. Ford
,
EMC Corporation
– HMEA
Dennis Gagnon
,
Excel Dryer 
– The Children’s Study Home
 Ed Garibian
,
 Applied Software Technologies
– The Children’s Study Home
 

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