Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Commends President Obama for Executive Order on Wages

Order Ensures Economic Mobility for Federal Contract Employees with Disabilities

Baltimore, Maryland (February 12, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) commented today on President Obama’s executive order requiring a wage floor of $10.10 for individuals employed under all new federal contracts, including workers with disabilities who are currently excluded from minimum wage protections under special certificate programs.  

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “President Obama’s courageous action today is a tremendous victory for federal contract workers with disabilities, and we wholeheartedly applaud the spectacular step forward that this new executive order represents.  The National Federation of the Blind commends President Obama for recognizing the value of workers with disabilities and ensuring that these workers can take advantage of the same opportunity for economic mobility as their nondisabled co-workers.  We urge Congress to finish the work that President Obama has begun by passing the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act (H.R. 831) to ensure that all workers with disabilities, not just those working under federal contracts, will no longer be subjected to the antiquated and discriminatory practice of being paid less than the federal minimum wage.”