[Nfbc-info] FW: [nfbsc] Fw: National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of Fair Wages Legislation

Eric Calhoun eric at pmpmail.com
Wed Feb 27 11:20:55 CST 2013


It is unfair, discriminatory, and immoral to pay workers less than what
they're worth.


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From: "Keith Wiglesworth" <hwiglesworth at carolina.rr.com>
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Subject: [nfbsc] Fw: National Federation of the Blind Applauds
Introduction of Fair Wages Legislation
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Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:44:05 -0500


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

cdanielsen at nfb.org

National Federation of the Blind Applauds
Introduction of Fair Wages Legislation

 

Urges Passage of Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act 

 

Baltimore, Maryland (February 27, 2013): The National Federation of the
Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans,
today applauded the introduction of the Fair Wages for Workers with
Disabilities Act of 2013 (H.R. 831) by Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS). 
Congressman Harper, along with eleven original co-sponsors, introduced the
Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013 to repeal section
14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to phase out the discriminatory
practice of paying workers with disabilities pennies per hour.

 

Congressman Gregg Harper said: "Section 14(c) of the FLSA, enacted out of
ignorance about the true capacity of people with disabilities, currently
prevents over 300,000 people with disabilities from gaining access to the
work and training environments that have been proven to be more cost
effective and to produce more competitive integrated work outcomes. 
Subminimum-wage work is just an expression of low expectations that
instills a false sense of incapacity in individuals, who could become
competitively employed with the proper training and support." 

 

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:
"The National Federation of the Blind and our partners representing the 55
million Americans with disabilities fight every day to obtain the
fundamental freedoms that nondisabled citizens take for granted.  We
applaud Congressman Harper for having the courage to confront over seventy
years of entrenched but false thinking about the capacity of people with
disabilities.  We strongly urge his colleagues in both houses of the United
States Congress to exhibit the same courage by recognizing our right to
have the same workforce protections as every other American citizen."  

 

The National Federation of the Blind needs your support to ensure that
blind children get an equal education, to connect blind veterans with the
training and services they need, and to help seniors who are losing vision
continue to live independent and fulfilling lives. To make a donation,
please go to www.nfb.org.

 

 

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About the National Federation of the Blind


The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and
most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the
United States.  Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and
equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology,
and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision
with the tools they need to become independent and successful.  We need
your support.  To make a donation, please go to www.nfb.org.

 

 


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