2 results for tag: wage

State organization lobbies lawmakers to increase pay for direct support professionals

By Kelly Roberts February 24, 2020 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable people rely on direct support professionals or DSPs to care for them every day. DSPs care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and most of them do not get paid more than $10 an hour. Sometimes the love for a job can make up for poor pay. “I love her to death,” Betty Mitchell said about her DSP. “She’s like a big aunt,” DSP Tanya Lee said about Mitchell. But Lee is still scraping by. Read More

Chicago’s new Office of Labor Standards seeks to expose employers taking advantage of workers

By Chuck Goudie and Barb Markoff February 23, 2020 CHICAGO (WLS) -- The leader of Chicago's new Office of Labor Standards hopes people will help expose employers taking advantage of their workers, from not paying minimum wage or overtime to controlling housing and identification documents. Ania Jakubek took part in an au pair program, moving from Poland to a small town in Indiana in her early 20s. She said her living quarters were the size of a small closet with no window. "I think that was terrifying for me. Like she said, 'No this is how it is. This is your room.' I had to realize after awhile, no, that wasn't OK living in that conditi...