November 13, 2015 under Policy, Advocacy & Research

#15andFunding Campaign

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Human Services Council Have Launched a Campaign to Ensure a Funded $15 Min Wage for Human Services Workers.

In December 2015, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) and the Human Services Council (HSC)  co-launched a campaign, #15andFunding, to advocate for a statewide $15 per hour minimum wage for all low-wage workers, and to ensure that the call for an increased wage includes funding for state and city contracted nonprofit human services workers. The campaign seeks to:

  • Raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for ALL workers in New York State
  • Ensure that employees at nonprofits are covered by the minimum wage increase
  • Amend state and local government human services contracts to fund the wage increase

In New York State, roughly 2,500 nonprofits rely on state contracts to carry out their essential human services. If those contract amounts do not increase with an increased minimum wage, the new minimum wage becomes an unfunded mandate that will negatively impact service delivery and likely cause many nonprofits to cease providing services.


Get Involved in the Campaign


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Read the Report

The three groups have come together to release a report on the current state of the human services sector, highlight the pervasive low-wages that plague its workers, and offer recommendations on how to ensure these workers are included in a state. Download and share with others.







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Share Images on Social Media

Download and share infographics and worker stories on social media using the hashtag #15andFundingFollow the campaign on: Facebook and Twitter.

By the Numbers (3)

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#15andFunding Petition ImagesSign on to the Campaign!

The Human Services sector provides essential services and functions for moderate and low-income New Yorkers including foster care case management, senior supportive services,  substance abuse professionals, early childhood educators and more. Human Services workers prevent and remediate problems, while improving the quality of life throughout the State of New York.

Show your support for a funded $15 minimum wage for Human Services workers and sign on to the campaign today.

Click HERE.