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I-1163: Measure crafted for union, not the disabled

Letter by Shawn Eric Latham, Puyallup on Oct. 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm | 16 Comments »
October 12, 2011 1:13 pm

PAS-Port for Change is a statewide, grass-roots organization that seeks to improve the quality, reliability and availability of personal assistance services in Washington state.

PAS-Port says no on Initiative I-1163.

Proponents of I-1163 claim it provides improved, sufficient, appropriate training for in-home service workers. The Department of Social and Health Services supposedly will absorb the administrative costs and personnel requirements for that training.

In reality, I-1163 proposes unfunded changes to background checks. It institutes unfunded fraud investigations, extensive unfunded training requirements and unfunded audits. I-1163 adds another level of bureaucracy to oversee and track worker training with no accountability to, and no protection for, the people with disabilities.

I-1163’s provisions can and will put vulnerable people at risk. I-1163 was drafted without the involvement of the people with disabilities who employ in-home service workers or those who live in long-term care facilities. I-1163 was crafted by SEIU to serve union purposes, not the needs of the people with disabilities. How can they claim to improve the system without us?

I-1163 is bad business. Feed it to the shredder. Let’s do it over and do it right.

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