Alberta Disability Workers Association
for 10 February 2012
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BUDGET 2012-13 MORE IS NEEDED The budget is out and you can see the results specific to PDD in the detailed breakdowns at http://www.finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/budget2012/seniors.pdf The actual results are as follows (Note that 2012-13 is listed as an estimate until the budget is passed): 2010-11 2011-12 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 Actual Budget Forecast Estimate Target Target 590,430,000 608,073,000 629,473,000 663,955,000 716,893,000 752,135,000 More of what this means was in a press release by the government this morning: “This year, agencies contracted by Seniors and Human Services will receive an additional $62 million—the equivalent of a five per cent wage increase and a $1,500 lump sum payment for an estimated 17,000 agency workers. These workers provide a range of professional and supportive services for adults with developmental disabilities and brain injuries as well as children, youth and families. Services include child intervention, home care, and support to those affected by family violence. Last year, government made a decision to address wages for contracted agency staff through two lump sum payments. The first lump sum was provided in September 2011. The second lump sum of $1,500 will be paid to the agencies in April for disbursement to their employees. Budget 2012 also outlines a commitment to additional agency funding in 2013/14 and 2014/15.” So, disability workers will receive the $1500 lump sum and a 5% increase. More increases are promised for 2013-14 and 2014-15. Unfortunately the sector is very fragile NOW and NOW is when it needed a significant cash infusion to ensure its healthy sustainability! ADWA will continue to work on the wage front. MISSION:
To build a valued workforce, promoting the well-being and potential of all Albertans
Colin Reichle Executive Director E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 780.910.4598 Fax: 780.645.1885 Mail: P.O. Box 48080 St. Albert, Alberta T8N 5V9 Web: www.disabilityworkers.ca
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