[nabs-l] [Nfb-announce] Blind Americans to Protest Subminimum Wages
JHartle at nfb.org
Thu Jul 21 12:38:09 UTC 2011
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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Subject: [Nfb-announce] Blind Americans to Protest Subminimum Wages Date sent: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:32:54 -0500
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 peoples 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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