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Rally Planned for Increased Youth Care Worker Wages

May 2, 2010 7:23 AM | News

By David Klassen

Macdonald Youth Service (MYS) is set to hold a rally Monday morning at the Manitoba Legislative Building to bring attention to low youth care worker wages.

MYS says these workers frequently have to forgo spending time with their own families to keep a child safe and secure on a daily basis. Youth care workers are often university and college educated and their pay scale begins at $13 per hour and ends at $19 per hour.

“We work evenings, overnights, weekends and ALL holidays,” said Melanie Wight, a senior youth care worker at MYS. “We work with the most troubled, high risk adolescents of our province, sometimes being the recipients of verbal and physical abuse from them on a daily basis. We are 24/7 teachers, nurturers, counselors, group facilitators, physical education teachers, coaches, communication specialists and explorers searching to access and bring to the forefront the good in every young person in our care. And sadly, we start at $27,000.”

The rally begins at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Legislative Building and will include speeches from wage advocates for MYS, and a statement from a representative from the Office of the Minister of Family Services and Consumer Affairs.