[nabs-l] [Nfb-announce] Blind Americans to Protest Subminimum Wages

Hartle, Jesse JHartle at nfb.org
Thu Jul 21 12:38:09 UTC 2011

Hi All,

     The protests will be taking place in front of the state offices of the Senate Health Labor Education and Pensions (HELP)  Committee.  There are 22 members of this committee representing 21 states.  I have listed the members of the committee and where they are from below.  If you live in one of these states, I encourage you to contact your state affiliate president for specific information related to that individual protest.  Jesse

Chairman Tom Harkin, Iowa 
Ranking Member Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming
 Lisa Murkowski, Alaska 
John McCain, Arizona 
Michael F. Bennet, Colorado 
Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut 
Johnny Isakson, Georgia 
Mark Kirk, Illinois 
Pat Roberts, Kansas 
Rand Paul, Kentucky 
Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland 
Al Franken, Minnesota 
Kay R. Hagan, North Carolina 
Richard Burr, North Carolina 
Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico 
Jeff Merkley, Oregon 
Robert P. Casey, Jr., Pennsylvania 
Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island 
Lamar Alexander, Tennessee 
Orrin G. Hatch, Utah 
Bernard Sanders, Vermont 
Patty Murray, Washington 

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Everyone already got this message. But anyway is anyone going to protest? 
It says in front of their offices. Does this mean its only in DC then or local congressmen's offices?
I hope to get more details from my state president as to when and where they will be and I might go to one. This is a very important issue.


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Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

cdanielsen at nfb.org

Blind Americans to Protest Subminimum Wages

Members of National Federation of the Blind Plan
  Informational Pickets Across United States

Baltimore, Maryland (July 20, 2011): The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people, announced today that its members will conduct informational protests across the United States to raise awareness about the practice of paying wages below the federal minimum wage to Americans with disabilities.  The protests will take place at the primary district office locations of United States Senators serving on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (the HELP Committee).  The HELP Committee is currently considering legislation­the Workforce Investment Act­which would reauthorize the payment of subminimum wages to disabled workers.

Dr.  Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Unequal pay for equal work on the basis of disability is unfair, discriminatory, and immoral.  The senators who serve on the HELP Committee must decide whether they stand for the outrageous exploitation of disabled workers, or for true equality for Americans with disabilities.?

On Wednesday, August 3, the HELP Committee is scheduled to vote on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which contains language reauthorizing the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.   The
Rehabilitation Act is supposed to provide services to disabled Americans so that they can obtain competitive employment, but Title V, Section 511 of the proposed Rehabilitation Act language references Section 14(c) of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which allows certain entities holding special wage certificates to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage.

For more information on the National Federation of the Blind and fair wages for workers with disabilities, please visit <http://www.nfb.org/>www.nfb.org.


About the National Federation of the Blind

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

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