Disability workers launch campaign amid wage, staffing crisis

Workers in the Disability sector say they are in a staffing crisis.  According to the Alberta Disability Workers Association, staff have not received a wage increase in almost eight years.  They are calling on the Alberta Government to raise the wages of Community Disability Support Workers by 25 percent.

The rise of cost of living often be crushing.  Especially when the last time your wage was increased was back in 2014.  Tim and LeAnne Meyer are a couple of the approximately 15,000 Albertans who work in the disability sector and are passionate for what they do.
The Alberta Disability Workers Association has recently launched a campaign called “Essential But Forgotten” in order to bring awareness of the wage and staffing crisis the workers in the sector face.  They are asking the Alberta Government to increase funding so that workers can get a 25 percent wage increase.  The Meyers say that amount is what is needed for them to survive and have a family life.
According to a 2021 report, the average hourly wage for a Community Disability Support worker, which represents 89 percent of the workforce is $18.76

Naveen Day

Naveen came to Lethbridge in 2018 with experience in broadcast spanning over 20 years. In Winnipeg, he produced two factual entertainment shows for Shaw and Bell MTS prior to his move to Southern Alberta where he quickly ventured out into the world of journalism at Bridge City News. Naveen has a passion for producing thought-provoking and informative news pieces that answer questions we all have in the back of our minds.

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