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#EnoughPayToStay Lobby Day a Great Success!
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Thank you to everyone who joined the Council and our  #EnoughPayToStay coalition partners (Home Care Alliance of MA and Mass Home Care) for our Lobby Day last  Wednesday, February 28th at the State House in Boston. Over 100 people joined us to advocate for our FY19 #EnoughPayToStay Budget Request to provide $28.8 million dollars to support our dedicated frontline home care workers – including homemakers/personal care homemakers, home health aides, and ASAP case managers. 


Our program began with welcoming remarks by Council Executive Director  Lisa Gurgone, who introduced the program and our speakers throughout the event.  Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), Senate Assistant Majority Leader,  Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlboro), House Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs and  Representative Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke), Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities addressed the crowd and expressed their outstanding support for our workforce and our budget request.  We were also thrilled to have  Senator Karen Spilka (D-Framingham), Chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, stop by and share some great remarks with us. Meg Hogan, Executive Director of Boston Senior Home Care, representing Mass Home Care, and Pat Kelleher from the Home Care Alliance shared information supporting our joint request during their remarks.   


The Council arranged for two home care aides to discuss their work as a home care aide and explain the importance of our budget request.  The following remarks from one of our speakers, Lionette Jasmin, were featured in the State House News Service article summarizing this event:


“Lionette Jasmin, who has worked as a home health aide for 38 years, said she has seen friends leave the field for other jobs, including one who took a job at Stop & Shop for $3 more an hour.  Jasmin said she's been offered jobs at assisted living facilities where she'd earn $4 more hourly than she does now, but likes the one-on-one work with her current clients.  She said she works seven days a week in hopes of earning enough to pay college tuition for her son and two nieces from Haiti who live with her but, "It's still not happening."


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