[Nfbnet-members-list] This Wednesday is #FixWIA Wednesday!

Sloan, Rose 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.

<x-apple-data-detectors://0>This Wednesday, 
February 5, 2014, we will host #FixWIA 
Wednesday—a 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.  Don’t 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 
our blog 

If you prefer to call your Senators on Wednesday, 
please find the appropriate phone number by 
visiting <http://www.senate.gov/>www.senate.gov 
or by visiting your Senators’ websites.

I hope you find this information helpful.  Together, we can #FixWIA.

Have a nice weekend,


Rose Sloan

Government Affairs Specialist

“Eliminating Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities”


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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