Trustee Election
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  • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
  • REHABILITATION
  • WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES
Winning Issue » WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES


Our Social Security Administration considers people to be disabled if medical conditions prevent them from doing their regular jobs and if they are unable to adapt to a new occupation. There is a record 11 million American workers currently receiving federal disability benefits, many of them temporarily. Permanently disabled workers will receive modest support for the rest of their lives. Many American workers with disabilities are also employed. However, the Fair labor Standards Act of 1938 legally allows workers that are disabled to be paid wages that are less than minimum wage. Workers with various sensory, physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities often work in segregated workplaces called “sheltered workshops.” The federal government purchases some of products made in these workshops to help provide employment to these Americans. There are at least 300,000 workers with disabilities who are paid les than minimum wage. Advocates claim this allows some employers to exploit these workers. They say that those with disabilities, given proper training and support, have the ability and right to work in most jobs earning the same wages as their peers.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.188 - TIME Act




Options


  • I oppose reforming current workers with disabilities policy and wish to defeat H.R.188 - TIME Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support directing the Secretary of Labor to discontinue issuing to any new profit or non-profit or governmental entity special wage certificates (which permit individuals with disabilities, including individuals employed in agriculture, to be paid at lower than minimum wages; prescribing requirements for a three-year phase-out of all certificates; repealing authority and requirements for the issuance of such certificates three years after enactment of this Act; requires revocation of any certificates remaining at that time, and wish to pass H.R.188 - TIME Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Gregg Harper (MS), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support directing the Secretary of Labor to discontinue issuing to any new profit or non-profit or governmental entity special wage certificates (which permit individuals with disabilities, including individuals employed in agriculture, to be paid at lower than minimum wages; prescribing requirements for a three-year phase-out of all certificates; repealing authority and requirements for the issuance of such certificates three years after enactment of this Act; requires revocation of any certificates remaining at that time, and wish to pass H.R.188 - TIME Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Gregg Harper (MS), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. John Kline (MN) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.188 - TIME Act. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Gregg Harper (MS) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.188 - TIME Act
Sponsor: Rep. Gregg Harper, MS
Status: House Education and the Workforce Committee
Chairman: Rep. John Kline, MN


If elected as a trustee, DRA will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for the civil rights of workers with disabilities including equal workplace compensation, as well as the filing of lawsuits to attain this end.

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is one of the leading non-profit disability rights legal centers in the nation. For twenty years, its landmark lawsuits have set legal precedents and enforced civil rights for millions of people with disabilities throughout the country. DRA seeks to remedy systemic problems through class action and other high-impact litigation across the nation. Its cases have improved the lives of millions of people with a variety of disabilities. DRA has thirteen lawyers, many of whom have disabilities. Its lawyers work in multiple practice areas such as education, employment, emergency planning, health care, access to public and private facilities & services, technology, telecommunications, transportation and veterans benefits. DRA does not charge its clients fees for legal representation. It is a private non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that is supported by tax deductible donations, foundation grants, and legal fees in cases in which it prevails. DRA is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in Berkeley and New York City.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020