Friday, February 7, 2014

Minimum Wage / 14(c) Exemption Issue: Take Action Now!

Send this letter, or one like it, to President Obama and the U.S. Department of Labor:
"I join the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in thanking President Obama and Department of Secretary of Labor Perez for working to increase economic opportunity for all Americans. It is with this in mind that I also urge you to make certain that people with disabilities are not excluded from those efforts.
Workers with disabilities, including those now making less than minimum wage under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, must be included in the President's forthcoming executive order on a $10.10/hour minimum wage for government contractors.
"All government contractors" should mean all government contractors, including those with disabilities."
You can email this letter, and add your own thoughts and experiences if you wish, by clicking the link below. The automatic advocacy email setup is by the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, New York, but it is intended for anyone who wants their opinion counted on this issue.

Advocates working on this say that it’s important to get letters and emails to the White House and Dept. of Labor by Monday.

As Dave Sutliff-Atias of the Center for Disability Rights said in an email on this issue,
"Fear is a powerful factor for many sheltered workshop proponents, but the vision of a better economic future and a life of one's own for those with disabilities is stronger."

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