[Nfbnet-members-list] #FixWIA Wednesday and Twitter Chat Thursday
rsloan at nfb.org
Tue Feb 25 19:51:13 UTC 2014
Tomorrow, Feb. 26, we will host another #FixWIA
Wednesday. A few weeks ago, we had our best
campaign yetwe, with the help of TASH and APSE,
generated over 600 tweets with the hashtag
#FixWIA! Unfortunately, our Senators still do not
understand our concerns with WIA.
As you know, we are concerned with two aspects of
the Senates version of the reauthorization of
Workforce Investment Act (WIA). First, Section
511 of Title V brings the payment of subminimum
wages to people with disabilities into the
Rehabilitation Act for the first time. Second,
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) will
be transferred from the Department of Education
to the Department of Labor. No research shows
that this move will improve services for people
with disabilities, and we fear that services will
be less effective. If you would like more
information about our concerns with WIA, please
see our blog post at:
Participating in #FixWIA Wednesday is simple! All
you have to do is generate a few tweets
expressing your concerns with WIA by tagging your
senators and using the hashtag #FixWIA. You can
find the handles of your Senators here:
Feel free to customize the below tweets with your Senators handles.
@SenatorDurbin, will you #FixWIA? Please
#Strike511 and keep RSA in the @usedgov.
Americans with Disabilities are counting on you.
@SenatorBarb Section 14(c) is discriminatory.
Don't ease it, end it. #Strike511. #FixWIA.
@SenJohnsonSD, Quality education and
rehabilitation lead to competitive integrated
employment. Keep RSA in @usedgov. #FixWIA.
@SenJohnBarrasso, Shaking up the #rehabact
without data & research could adversely affect
millions of PWDs. #FixWIA. Keep RSA in @usedgov.
@SenFeinstein, Sec. 511 puts subminimum wages of
Sec. 14(c) of the FLSA into the #RehabAct. Please #FixWIA. #Strike511.
@StabenowPress, do you support equal pay for
people with disabilities? #FixWIA. #Strike511.
Last time, the Association of People Supporting
Employment First (APSE) activated their
membership to help us reach 600 tweets. They have
the same concerns with WIA that we do. In fact,
APSE and the NFB will be hosting a Twitter Chat
on Thursday Feb. 27 from 1-2 PM Eastern about
subminimum wages and President Obamas recent
Executive Order. I encourage anyone who can to
please participate in the chat by tweeting
questions and concerns about subminimum wages.
The hashtag for this event is #EmploymentFirst.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our
previous #FixWIA campaigns. I know the more
#FixWIA Wednesdays we do, the more tweets we will
be able to generate. The more tweets we generate,
the more our Senators will become aware of our
concerns. Once Senators understand our concerns,
change will happen. Let your concerns be heard!
Through our efforts, we can ensure that fewer
people with disabilities are subjected to
detrimental subminimum wage sheltered employment.
If you have any questions about #FixWIA Wednesday
or the twitter chat, feel free to reach out to me
at <mailto:rsloan at nfb.org>rsloan at nfb.org or by
calling 410-659-9314 extension 2441.
Government Affairs Specialist
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (410)-659-9314 ext. 2441
E-mail: <mailto:rsloan at nfb.org>rsloan at nfb.org
Eliminating Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities
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