Social workers and advocates:  Fight for fair market compensation, equal pay, and one uniform/national licensure
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Social workers and advocates: Fight for fair market compensation, equal pay, and one uniform/national licensure

    1. Petition by

      Kerry Baharanyi

      Auburn, AL

According to the NASW, "the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. Social work core values are service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence". How can we advocate for others when we cannot provide or meet our basic needs because of the lack of fair pay in the market for social workers? We are undervalued in our society, people and other disciplines (professions) have misconception about our profession, and many social workers who have the passion to fight for social justice have to choose to stay underpaid, yet social workers students accrue more loans to pursuit higher education, and state level social work licensures cost increase every year. As a social worker, I would like to see a national, uniform way of testing for licensure to avoid the cost, frustration, and red tape that many social workers are encountering when they decide to relocate to another state or transfer their existing credentials. Social workers deserve "change."

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    Reasons for signing

    • Malinda Cousins BRONX, NY
      • 25 minutes ago

      The work that we do is challenging rewarding, dangerous, stressful but it is for the right reasons and about working with families.

    • Melissa Smith BRONX, NY
      • 1 day ago

      I believe in the work that we do as social workers and we should be recognized for our efforts and dedication.

    • Danielle Willenborg SAN MARCOS, CA
      • 25 days ago

      I'm signing this petition because I am a social worker.

    • Mary Sewell PEORIA, AZ
      • about 1 month ago

      I already had my Supervision and passed my clinical exam. Other states I have had no trouble working in except Arizona. I can not believe that they are trying to tell me I need supervision. They sent me this letter that was unprofessional and treated me like I am the scum of the earth. I am ethical and hold myself to high standards . It is sad because my job might be ending and my LICSW or LCSW don't even matter. This will hurt my family, and it is wrong. I will fight this standard practice here in AZ.

    • Denise Brown PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      I was a social worker and getting my PhD in human services and clinical social work, I know first off hand the low wages and high stress of social work.


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