NADSP Issues Response to Amend the Fair Labor Standards Act Companionship and Live-In Worker Regulations

In the USA our colleagues are struggling to achieve recognition and a fair pay for what they do.  This is an extract of the most recent newsletter from the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) in America:

“The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has been working to enhance the status of direct support professionals and promote the development of a highly competent human services workforce for more than fifteen years. As the leading advocacy organization that represents 1.2 million direct support professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we strongly support the United States Department of Labor’s proposed regulations (RIN 1235-AA05) to ensure that all direct support workers receive the same labor protections as other American workers.

Fewer people are being drawn to direct support as a career due to extremely low entry-level wages, where the national average is $9.40 per hour, while turnover and vacancy rates remains extraordinarily high. Given that the average Direct Support Professional may be a single parent of two children or more, many of these workers qualify for public assistance, are uninsured and are forced to work more than one job to make ends meet.”

To learn more about the issues and problems faced by our American colleagues, continue reading here.

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One Response to “NADSP Issues Response to Amend the Fair Labor Standards Act Companionship and Live-In Worker Regulations”

  • The struggle of American workers is the struggle by social workers from Brazil and several other parts of the world. In Brazil the regulation of social education as a profession is underway in Congress and must directly benefit thousands of people working as popular educators, community educators, art educators and agents of custody for adults and adolescents deprived of freedom.
    Roberto da Silva
    Brazilian Association of Social Pedagogy

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