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WAGES: Caregivers deserve a pay raise

Letter by Jeffrey W. Northfield, Buckley on Jan. 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm with No Comments »
January 31, 2014 2:08 pm

Re: The rally by supported living workers in Olympia on Monday for a wage increase.

As the parent of two adult sons with developmental disabilities, I value these dedicated workers who are so devoted to helping my sons have a meaningful and joyful life.

My sons benefit tremendously from the caregivers’ help with all their physical needs. They benefit even more from the positive social interaction with caregivers who have devoted themselves to knowing how to communicate with my boys, share joys and feelings, and help them work their way through difficulties.

The supported living workers have had their state hourly wages cut twice. Low pay leads to high rates of turnover that eliminate the valuable relationships that are such a blessing to those like my boys. I hope Washington legislators will provide a reasonable increase to their modest wages.

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