[Nfbc-info] Call to Action on Subminimum Wages

Darian Smith dsmithnfb at gmail.com
Mon Jun 27 19:04:25 UTC 2011

Appoligies- hit the wrong  button! lol.
 I just got off of the  Phone with  Sen. Harkin's office  just as
soon as I saw this message.
   I hope that many of you have called before I did, and  many of you do so!

 Let's show  Them that from  the farthest states, the voice of
collective action  can be and will be heard!


On 6/27/11, Darian Smith <dsmithnfb at gmail.com> wrote:
> Good Monday  morning to all,
>  Just as I got off of the phone
> On 6/27/11, Mary Willows <mwillows at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> Dear California Federationists:
>> It is time for us to show our strength in numbers by contacting Senator
>> Tom
>> Harkin, of Iowa, urging him to remove Section 511 from Title V of the
>> Workforce
>> Investment Act (WIA), which is part of the Rehabilitation Act.  The bill
>> will be marked up and voted on June 29 (in just two days).
>> The proposed language in Section 511 of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act
>> states the process a Rehabilitation counselor would have to go through
>> before referring a client to a subminimum wage work environment. The
>> intent is to make it more difficult for clients to be steered toward
>> subminimum wage
>> employment. Unfortunately, the language opens a door to subminimum wage
>> employment that did not previously exist. As a result of Section 511, if
>> VR
>> fails
>> to provide a client with the proper training and support to become
>> competitively employed, they will be encouraged to make a referral to a
>> subminimum
>> wage employer.
>> The language states that, once placed in a subminimum wage work
>> environment, the client should receive a review every six months.
>> However, similar to WHD’s
>> inability to enforce Section 14(c) of the FLSA, it will not be possible
>> for VR to properly enforce this law, leaving even more individuals stuck
>> in subminimum wage jobs.
>> We need to let members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education,
>> Labor, and Pension know that Section 511 of Title V of the Rehabilitation
>> Act
>> should be removed.
>> At the present time, no California representatives serve on the committee
>> so
>> the best thing to do is to call the Chairman, Senator Tom Harkin and tell
>> him or his Aide that we are calling upon him to remove Section 511 of
>> Title
>> V of the Rehabilitation Act from the Reauthorization of the Workforce
>> Investment Act.
>> Please call immediately.  (202) 224-3254
>> Mary Willows, President
>> National Federation of the Blind of California
>> mwillows at sbcglobal.net
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> --
> Darian Smith
> “My secret?  See it, and stay focused on it.”
> — Shaquille O'Neal

Darian Smith

“My secret?  See it, and stay focused on it.”

— Shaquille O'Neal

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