ACTION ALERT: Call Governor Cuomo and urge support for a 2.9% COLA increase for the Human Services Workforce!

 

Call Governor Cuomo TODAY and urge support for a 2.9% COLA increase for the human services workforce

With the state budget coming out this Tuesday, NASW-NYS is urging members to call the governor and urge support for a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the human services workforce


Attention Social Workers: It is imperative that you call and/or email the Governor TODAY and urge him to include a 2.9% cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase to address a funding crisis in the human services sector that has resulted in high turnover rates and the inability to hire and retain qualified and caring staff to deliver the type of continuity of care that we know best generates recovery for New Yorkers with mental health and substance use related needs.

We will be addressing a letter to the Governor advocating for a 2.9% COLA increase in the executive budget for human services employees, but it is important that you make your voice heard too. Social workers are the primary provider of mental health services and provide support to millions of New Yorkers every year, but the average salary of a person employed in the human services industry is $23,000 to $30,000 and there has not been a COLA increase in the eight years of the past 10 years. NASW-NYS has long contended that a commitment to improving and strengthening the state's mental health resources must include a financial commitment to invest in the people working on the front lines day in and day out. This philosophy serves as the basis of our Social Work Investment Initiative, which seeks to secure a substantial state investment into the social work profession.

Don't wait to act – take five minutes to call the Governor’s office TODAY.

Your support can have a huge impact.  

 

Sample Phone/Email Script

CALL THE GOVERNOR:
(518) 474-8390

Press 2 to speak with a person

SEND AN EMAIL:

https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form


Hi, my name is _______________. I am a social worker practicing in New York State and I am urging Governor Cuomo to include a 2.9% cost of living adjustment increase in this year’s budget for employees in the human services sector. Social workers are the primary provider of mental health services and provide support to millions of New Yorkers each year. But the average salary of a person employed in the human services industry is $23,000 to $30,000, and there has not been a COLA increase in the eight years of the past 10 years. We ask that a commitment to the state's mental health includes a financial investment in the people working on the front lines day in and day out. Thank you for your time.