Letters to the Editor: Jan. 23, 2020
Thanks to lawmakers for backing wage increase
Rep. Rob Nosse and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward deserve a round of applause for taking action during the 2019 legislative session to increase wages for Oregon's Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). The need to invest in these caregivers was greater than ever, and Rep. Nosse and Sen. Steiner Hayward took on the challenge and got the job done.
There are over 30,000 Oregonians who experience intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).These children, teens, and adults rely on DSPs to provide them with 24-hour residential care to maintain safe, healthy, and independent lives.
DSPs perform physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging work — yet the average hourly wage was below $14, which resulted in increased turnover rates and an inability for employers, like Albertina Kerr, to retain and compete for the best employees. Oregon's DSPs needed our legislature to invest in them, and thankfully they did!
DSPs are some of the most dedicated and loyal professionals I know. They demonstrate patience, compassion, and a high level of attention to detail every day, while providing critical services for people experiencing I/DD. They empower our clients to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential.
DSPs deserve to feel valued for the important work they do, and thanks to the support of Rep. Nosse and Sen. Steiner Hayward, they will!
Rep. Nosse and Sen. Steiner Hayward listened when we came to the Capitol and agreed that the time to invest was now. Thank you both for supporting House Bill 5026 and giving Oregon's DSPs an overdue wage increase.
Chief Executive Officer, Albertina Kerr
Mob-style tactics on display in D.C.
President Donald Trump is exercising his executive privilege powers to prevent witnesses from testifying in the impeachment trial. This brings to mind the fact that when members of the mafia are faced with trial, they also desire to keep witnesses from testifying.
This in no way suggests Trump has any connection with these people, and could or would use similar means. But the ultimate impact on justice is the same.
Richard Botteri, Raleigh Hills
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