FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Federation of the Blind Urges President Obama to Expand Executive Order on Wages
New Order Must Include Workers with Disabilities
Baltimore, Maryland (February 4, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest nationwide organization of the blind, has sent a letter to President Obama urging him to value the work performed by workers with disabilities by including disabled workers in the forthcoming executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers. Over four-hundred thousand disabled workers, many of whom work for entities that receive federal contracts, are currently paid far less than the federal minimum wage under an obscure provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The letter from Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, says in part: “We [American workers with disabilities] seek to have our different characteristics embraced as respected contributions to our nation’s diversity, not as badges of inferiority that condemn us to a life of low wages and low expectations. We are no less valuable, we are no less capable, and we are no less American than any other citizen.”
For more information on this important issue, please visit www.nfb.org/fair-wages.