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Caring For Those With Disabilities At A Very Low Wage

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:25:06 CST
By: IPR

Personal homecare workers paid by the state say they're overdue for a raise. Tressa (TREE-sa) Wilson is one of the thousands of personal support workers in Illinois who see to the needs of those with disabilities. Wilson lives in Rockford with her four daughters. After 12 years in the field, she says earning $10.51 an hour isn't cutting it for her family.

   
"I must work overtime to make ends meet and to feed me and my kids and keep a roof over our head. I refuse to go on public assistance. That's something I don't want to do."
Wilson is demonstrating in support of legislation sponsored by Evanston Democratic Representative Robyn Gabel to raise the hourly wage of these workers to $13 by 2016.
Supporters of an increase say low wages lead to high-turnover, which hurts people with disabilities.

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