40 thoughts on “Sign the petition to improve wages for Direct Support Staff!

  1. Support staff need to make a living wage. So many have more than one job to make ends meet. There is no work life balance.

  2. helping others and teaching them lifeskills is a great thing for me. unfortunatly i can not pay my bills as the wage is so low

  3. An important and longstanding issue with huge negative impact on lives of persons with intellectual disabilities

  4. Please support all people who unconditionally support people living and struggling with disabilities.

  5. This job is incredibly important. We as parents and caregivers have to put our trust into qualified and caring individuals to care for our special and vulnerable kids/adult family members. It absolutely needs to be a priority to have quality care for them. It takes special people to dedicate their careers to this cause and I am grateful to each person whom has affected my sons life personally. I would sign this a million times if I could.

  6. It’s sad that our government does not recognize the hard work and dedication it takes to do this kind of work wages frozen for 6 years now is just ridiculous preying on workers who have their heart and soul dedicated to a better life for people with special needs

  7. Our jobs are very rewarding to all those we support and to ourselves . We are dedicated workers who put our hearts and soul in making people with disabilities better their lives..

  8. Support workers are surely underpaid. Something need to be done to appreciate their hard work that they do out of love!

  9. I have worked in an organizstion for 18 years giving love and support to individuals with disability, I have loved every day
    of it, But the pay is very
    Sad. for the service we provide. After all these years I am at what I would call a starting wage in most jobs these days.

  10. Please support DSWs for a better wage and for the job they do, (we do) is worth it. We are worthy of a wage increase.

  11. A liveable wage for DSP’s would help ensure lower rates of turnover, a more dedicated workforce, better morale, and most importantly, better support and continuity for the individuals in our care

  12. We definitely need higher wages. Staff should not need to work multiple jobs. Staff should not need to search for two full time positions to make a living. Their families suffer when parents need to do that. The sad effects of parents having to be away for so much time will continue to haunt our society for many years

  13. Direct Support Professionals are amongst the least appreciated employees “directly” funded by the provincial government. Many other provinces have recognized the need for consistent, content and committed employees to be working with some of their most vulnerable people. Don’t you think it’s time Manitoba does the same? Will you stand with us and the people we serve and demand a living wage, reflective of the time and energy we give day after day.

  14. People need to be supported in a consistent, content and encouraging manner. They lose that because of high turn around. Good support people are lost to higher paying positions.

  15. Absolutely underpaid
    My decades of work still at 14:58 for a Dsc 3 level

    We are dedicated to making best quality life that can be obtained

  16. Definitely underpaid
    I after decades as a direct service worker am still just above minimum wage

  17. Direct Service Workers often go above and beyond the “call of duty” in order to provide our intellectually challenged family members and individuals with a quality of life that is filled with meaningful experiences and a feeling of truly being appreciated and understood. They should be encouraged to continue in their chosen careers by rewarding them with wages that are more in line with the quality of services that they provide.

  18. We are so fortunate to have such an integral role in helping those we serve to attain their goals and life their best lives.

  19. My staff deserve a living wage! Salaries need to be increased to a level so that it can become a full-time career for those that wish to work in this field. People in the Healthcare field, with less responsibilities than some Direct Support Staff make $4-$5 an hour more!

  20. The importance of the direct support worker is underappreciated in our Province. I hope that the elected politicians would have the political will to increase the wages of direct support workers. #increase the wages of direct support workers!

  21. We really appreciate what the support staff are doing in our area , we would ask that they would get a decent wage for what they do , they really deserve a good raise

  22. Take-home pay for a full-time PSW at $13/hr is $848 b/w after taxes. These skilled and dedicated workers deserve better.

  23. We often hear people talk about how important it is to treat individuals living with disabilities in a dignified manner. Part of that means investing properly into their care. The level of care far exceeds standard wages in the field. I personally find that shameful.

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