From Anil Lewis, NFB – We are respectfully asking for your continued support to end the payment of subminimum wages to workers with disabilities. Senate Bill S. 1356 has been introduced to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). This bill includes a major policy change in the language of the Rehabilitation Act that threatens to send us backwards in our struggle to repeal Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This bill has proposed language in Section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act that requires vocational rehabilitation agencies to include training and employment at wages below the federal minimum wage as a VR service.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee is scheduled to discuss and vote on this bill on Wednesday, July 31, and we need to act to ensure that this tremendously flawed proposal is removed. Our initial action is simple, but it will require all of us to take action. We need all of our members, family members, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances that reside in states with a Senator who serves on the HELP Committee to make calls, send emails, and post tweets and Facebook messages to communicate the following straightforward request to their Senators:
I am a voting constituent in the state, and I respectfully request that the WIA reauthorization be amended to remove Section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act.
We are encouraging that only the actual residents make these requests of their Senators. Start recruiting individuals to begin this action now and continue it through Tuesday, July 30. Use the information below to communicate with your Senator’s office.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
Chief of Staff: Casey Aden-Wansbury firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP Contact: Momoko “Peach” Soltis email@example.com
Additional Contact: Beth Meloy firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact me with any questions, and keep me posted on your progress. The only way we will be able to prevent a dismantling of the essential training and employment services for all people with disabilities is to act now. Remember, once you have made your calls, sent your emails, posted your tweets and Facebook messages, get others to do the same.
Mr. Anil Lewis, M.P.A.
Director of Advocacy and Policy
“Eliminating Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities”
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND