[Nfbc-info] FYI FW: [NFB-Legislative-Directors] Kelly Ayotte Wins Dole-Harkin Award
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Subject: [NFB-Legislative-Directors] Kelly Ayotte Wins Dole-Harkin Award
We are in the home stretch! Washington Seminar and the Legislative
Directors' Workshop are right around the corner.
I would like to share some good news. The sponsor of the TIME Act in the
Senate, Kelly Ayotte, was given the Dole-Harkin Award because she is a
courageous policymaker who does everything in her power to ensure workers
with disabilities are held to high expectations.
I wanted to let you know that I sent the following message to every Senator
(except Senators Ayotte and Bennet):
Subject: Support the Dole-Harkin Award Winner
Good morning, _______:
On December 2, Senator Kelly Ayotte was awarded the 2015 Dole-Harkin Award,
an honor given to an American policymaker for his or her distinction as a
public servant to the global disability community. Senator Ayotte was the
recipient of this prestigious award in part because of her leadership in
ensuring that workers with disabilities are treated with dignity in the
workplace. She is the sponsor of the Transitioning to Integrated and
Meaningful Employment Act (S. 2001), a bill that will responsibly phase out
an antiquated law that encourages low expectations.
Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) gives entities the
option to apply for special wage certificates which allow those same
entities to pay workers with disabilities subminimum wages. Instead of
setting high expectations for workers with disabilities, entities that
choose to participate in this program continue to use an outdated "training"
model which only trains workers with disabilities to be unproductive and
dependent on government assistance programs. Technology has advanced since
1938; with the proper training, support, and expectations, people with
disabilities can be productive employees. S. 2001 will responsibly phase
out Section 14(c) of the FLSA over a three year period and will raise
expectations for American workers with disabilities.
Will Senator _________ stand with Senator Ayotte and Senator Bennet in their
quest to ensure that workers with disabilities are held to high
expectations? Can you please ask Senator ________ to cosponsor S. 2001? To
cosponsor, contact Dan Auger at Daniel_Auger at ayotte.senate.gov
<mailto:Daniel_Auger at ayotte.senate.gov> . If you would like to learn more or
have a discussion about S. 2001, feel free to reach out to me at any time. I
will be happy to set up a meeting with you.
Thank you for your consideration. Americans with disabilities are counting
Any follow up you can do encouraging your Senators to sign on to S. 2001 is
Thanks as always for all that you do, and I can't wait to see many of you in
Washington next month.
Yours in the fight for fair wages,
Government Affairs Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314, extension 2441
Email: rsloan at nfb.org <mailto:rsloan at nfb.org>
It's TIME to Eliminate Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back.
Make a gift <https://nfb.org/make-gift> to the National Federation of the
Blind and help ensure all blind Americans live the lives they want.
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