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COPAA APPLAUDS INCLUSION OF WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WA

Wednesday, February 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall
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We are pleased that President Obama included workers with disabilities in the Executive Order signed on 2/12/14 to raise the minimum wage for workers under future federal contracts who are earning either at or below the hourly $7.25 federal minimum wage a raise to $10.10 per hour.

COPAA also applauds The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD), of which we are a proud member, for loudly opposing the exclusion of workers with disabilities in the original order.  
CPSD and allies made sure that President Obama understood that it would be wrong to exclude workers with disabilities from such an order by relying on an archaic provision from a discriminatory 1938 law that is in need of reform.

COPAA believes that just as students with disabilities must have an opportunity equal to that of their peers without disabilities to become college or career-ready; once employed, all workers - including those with disabilities---must be paid fair wages for fair labor.


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