Wavering Wages

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News April 2014

President Barack Obama signed an executive order, Feb. 12, to increase minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. When he originally announced the new wage plan in January’s State of the Union address, workers with disabilities making less than the current minimum wage would be excluded from the new, higher wages.

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A program that’s been in place since 1938 allows employers to pay certain people with disabilities a subminimum wage — a fraction of whatever the current minimum wage is. In Obama’s original plan there was no effort to remove that provision. However, after efforts by disability advocates, Obama is including all people in the new order.

“Under current law, workers whose productivity is affected because of their disabilities may be paid less than the wage paid to others doing the same job under certain specialized certificate programs,” states a White House fact sheet covering the order.

“Under this Executive Order, all individuals working under service or concessions contracts with the federal government will be covered by the same $10.10 per hour minimum wage protections.”

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