ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) – Eight agencies from Rochester and Olmsted County took their fight to the state capitol Tuesday, in support of Disability Services Day.
More than 100 representatives from Hiawatha Homes, Ability Building Center, Adapta, Arsys, Bear Creek Services, Cardinal of Minnesota, PossAbilities, and SMB Disability Solutions took part.
They are advocating for the “Best Life Alliance,” which seeks to increase wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).
DSPs care for people with disabilities.
Hiawatha Homes told KTTC that currently, wages for DSPs are 17 percent behind wages of similar jobs.
Advocates hope that an increase in pay would not only provide a better quality of life for employees but also decrease employee turnover.
More than 1,000 people took part in the day’s events that included a rally in the rotunda.