National Federation of the Blind Urges President Obama to Expand Executive Order on Wages

Feb 04, 2014, 11:51 ET from National Federation of the Blind

New Order Must Include Workers with Disabilities

BALTIMORE, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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."

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About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States.  Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful. 

SOURCE National Federation of the Blind