[Nfbnet-members-list] This Wednesday is #FixWIA Wednesday!
rsloan at nfb.org
Sat Feb 1 16:38:13 UTC 2014
As many of you are aware, a few weeks ago, we had
a great #FixWIA campaign. Unfortunately, many
Senators still do not understand our concerns
with the Workforce Investment Act.
February 5, 2014, we will host #FixWIA
Wednesdaya social media camppaign that will
alert our Senators about our concerns with the
Workforce Investment Act. Please take some time
over the weekend to craft some facebook posts,
tweets, and emails that express your concern with
WIA. Donât forget to include the hash tag
#FixWIA. To make the process easier, please find
a list of Senator Facebook pages and Twitter
Keep in mind that a tweet can only be 140 characters.
We have two main concerns with WIA. First, we
are concerned with Title 5, Section 511. If the
Senate bill passes as written, subminimum wages
for workers with disabilities will be a part of
the Rehabilitation Act for the first time
ever. Ultimately, we would like to phase out
Section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act,
but keeping this antiquated provision out of WIA is an important first step.
Second, we do not want to see the Rehabilitation
Services Administration move from the Department
of Education to the Department of Labor. No
research can illustrate how this move will
improve services for people with
disabilities. In fact, we fear that services
will become less efficient. The Department of
Education focuses on educating, or training,
people to become employed, whereas the Department
of Labor only takes into consideration the
existing skills. People with disabilities need training.
If you would like more information please read
If you prefer to call your Senators on Wednesday,
please find the appropriate phone number by
or by visiting your Senatorsâ websites.
I hope you find this information helpful. Together, we can #FixWIA.
Have a nice weekend,
Government Affairs Specialist
âEliminating Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilitiesâ
National Federation of the Blind
<x-apple-data-detectors://5/0>200 East Wells Street
<x-apple-data-detectors://5/0>Baltimore, MD 21230
<mailto:rsloan at nfb.org>rsloan at nfb.org
(410)-659-9314 ext 2441
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