[NFBWATLK] Article: Seattle bans 'subminimum wages' for people with disabilities, KUOW, April 13, 2018

Albert Sanchez albertsanchez at suddenlink.net
Tue Apr 17 21:30:47 UTC 2018


It's about time!
Albert Sanchez
Greenville, NC
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Subject: [NFBWATLK] Article: Seattle bans 'subminimum wages' for people with 
disabilities, KUOW, April 13, 2018


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> http://kuow.org/post/seattle-bans-subminimum-wages-people-disabilities
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> Seattle bans 'subminimum wages' for people with disabilities
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> KUOW
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> April 13, 2018
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> By Paige Browning
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> Paying low wages to people with disabilities is no longer allowed in 
> Seattle. Seattle officials have eliminated what's known as the subminimum 
> wage, becoming one of the first cities in the nation to do so.
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> Since 1938 the U.S. Department of Labor has allowed certain employers to 
> pay people with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage ($7.25 in 
> 2018).
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> The Seattle City Council voted April 2 to prohibit subminimum wages by any 
> employer in the city, and today Mayor Jenny Durkan signed it into law. The 
> ban will go into effect May 13.
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> Marcie Carpenter at the National Federation of the Blind, Washington, 
> testified to the City Council earlier this month that it was time to pay 
> all workers the minimum wage.
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> "These kinds of laws were based on a 1930s mentality of disability: low 
> expectations, few people were educated and even fewer people worked," 
> Carpenter said.
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> "Times have changed, there's now supported employment programs like the 
> one that the City of Seattle operates."
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> She said the Federation of the Blind is starting to work toward banning 
> subminimum wages at the state level.
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> The practice was intended to be an initial wage for people receiving job 
> training, but the Federation said many workers end up with lower wages for 
> years.
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> Seattle City Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Teresa Mosqueda worked to 
> pass the legislation.
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> Mosqueda said in a statement: "It's already challenging to make ends meet 
> for low-wage workers living and working in Seattle, and even more so if 
> one is not afforded the right to earn at least the City's minimum wage."
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> It's the first labor policy backed by Mosqueda to receive a unanimous vote 
> from the City Council. Mosqueda has named labor and worker's rights as 
> some of her top priorities.
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