Member Lobby Day
Wednesday March 15, 2017
Local 338 Members Meet with Their State Legislators
On March 7th, four of your co-members participated in a special Local 338 lobby day at the New York State Capitol in Albany. Throughout day meetings with State Legislators, they saw first hand the importance of being involved politically as they advocated for funding in the New York State Budget for the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The COLA is incredibly important as it provides well deserved wage increases for our dedicated members who care for the developmentally disabled.
Alex Valdez and Greta Glasgow who work at the Institute for Applied Human Dynamics (IAHD) in the Bronx and Westchester, as well as Yolanda Jones and June Sealy from Community Resources on Staten Island spoke with State Legislators about the work that they do each and every day. The industry they work in requires long hours and a high level of training, responsibility, and skill to ensure that those with development disabilities are properly cared for. Most importantly, they expressed that the work they do means more than just a paycheck to them. However, while these hardworking men and women put their all into the care that they provide, many are struggling to make ends meet for their own families. Funding for a meaningful wage increase for direct care workers would make a huge impact for them personally and show that their work is truly valued.
On your co-members’ lobby day, Alex, Greta, Yolanda, and June all strongly advocated to the members of the State Senate and Assembly for the need for funding for a COLA, and your State Legislators recognized the importance of Local 338 members who work at IAHD and Community Resources. The best advocates for working people are workers like you, which is why Local 338 member lobby days are so important.
Thank you Alex, Greta, Yolanda, and June for taking the time to share your experiences with our elected officials!