Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:
New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Carole Johnson will testify on Tuesday, May 22 at 2 pm before the Senate Budget Committee and we need your voice to support increased wages for Direct Support Professionals. We are  asking ALL Coalition members—whether in Trenton or not—to ‘Take Action with Twitter’ (again!) and help take our message viral about the need for a DSP living wage in New Jersey, starting with a $1.25 per hour increase in FY2019.

Here’s How You Can Take Action

Copy and send the Tweet below from your Twitter account. This is a quick and easy way of connecting with policymakers and their staff on this issue, while also raising awareness about the need for a DSP Living Wage in New Jersey online. We are targeting the Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, the Senate President, the Senate Republican Leader and the Department of Human Services.
  • Over 30,000 NJ residents with I/DD rely on DSPs to live in communities, but low wages are causing severe shortage of these essential workers. NJ must invest in DSP #LivingWage, starting with $1.25 p/h increase in FY19 @PaulASarlo @NJSenatePres @tomkean @NJDHS #payfair4directcare

Don’t Have a Twitter Account? ‘Take Action with a Call’

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still ‘Take Action’ by making a quick call to the Senate and Assembly Budget Chairs and letting them know you support a $1.25 per hour increase for all DSPs assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the FY2019 Budget. That’s all you have to say!
Contact Information:
Assembly Budget Chair Eliana Pintor Marin: 973-589-0713
Senate Budget Chair Paul Sarlo: 201-804-8118

 

Join Us in Trenton on…

May 22 for Senate Budget Hearing and June 21 for Advocacy Day!

Commissioner Johnson is scheduled to testify before the Senate Budget Committee on May 22, so please join us in the audience! A strong showing at the State House will illustrate the importance of this issue to the Commissioner, legislators and decision-makers!

Tuesday, May 22 at 2 pm | Senate Budget Committee, Room 4 in the State House Annex 125 West State Street, Trenton

On June 21, the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage will have its ‘Advocacy Day’ at the NJ State House. Join us during the final days of budget negotiations to tell legislators that they must include funding in FY2019 to raise DSP wages by $1.25 per hour. More details to come, but save the date in the meantime!

Thursday, June 21 10:00am—2:00pm  | Coalition for a DSP Living Wage Advocacy Day  
Committee Room 1 in State House Annex, 125 West State Street, Trenton


 

Direct Support Professionals in NJ Deserve a Living Wage Video
The Coalition for a DSP Living Wage recently completed a video that highlights the important relationship between a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their DSP. Watch it above and make sure to share it on social media!

Join the Conversation on Twitter!
The Coalition for a DSP Living Wage is constantly sending out updates with all the latest news and info via our Twitter page . If you don’t already, please be sure to follow our page. Doing so will help spread our #PayFair4DirectCare message.

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