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.