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Left Behind By Obama's Call For A Higher Minimum Wage

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: laborlaws, minimum wage, disabled workers, human rigthts, government, politics, obama, news, usa )

- 1924 days ago -
A section of the Fair Labor Standards Act allows employers to pay their disabled employees subminimum wages. Advocates say it's time to change that.


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pam w (139)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 8:55 am
"With huge advancements in both how Americans with disabilities are perceived and the accommodations available to them, why has progress on wage equality been so hard to come by?"

++++++++++++++ Because they've no advocates? And because Republicans don't give a rat's rectum?

. (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 9:20 am
Pam: This is an issue of this administration, and it's agencies. The GOP cannot be solely blamed.

Carol H (40)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 10:05 am
What happened to equality? What happened to "you can't discriminate because of gender, color etc.? This country is going backwards. I can't stop shaking my head, this is WRONG.

Justin Vale (13)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 10:48 am
he does that and nobody will hire them. they are not as productive. we need to keep giving companies that hire them tax breaks and keep their wages low in order for companies to hire them or they will never be hired at all.

Jason R (67)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 12:03 pm
Give him time.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 1:16 pm

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 1:20 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 2:09 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Everyone working should be making a "living wage." This is just plain discrimination and a very greedy, sociopathic attitude held by CEO's. I will not donate to Goodwill again knowing that the executive compensation is so high. This makes me sick. These supposed "non-profits" that are profiting should never be given tax breaks. The only ones served by these horribly disgusting low wages are those skimming the cream off the top.

Angela J (61)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 2:23 pm
Thank you.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 2:37 pm
Noted & posted

. (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 5:31 pm
that's not good. Thanks for sharing, Cal.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 5:41 pm
It is a shame that in all things, the disabled get the short end of the stick. It has always been that way and the way it is going, if Obama and his crews have their way, it will continue. It has to stop. These are not 2nd rate citizens, they are hard working people like the rest of us and as such, should be treated fairly like the rest of us.

Peta Clarke (30)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 5:45 pm
Thank you Cal noted. This is common problem around the world. Governments tend to look at this as a day care thing to say they are doing something and give these employees a token payment. No acknowledgement of the excellent standard of people working to the very best of their ability. This is not right at all.

Jason R (67)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 6:31 pm
57 mikron americans!!! Where the hell did that number come from? There's only about 100 million adults!

Colleen L (3)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 7:17 pm
That's a bunch of horse crap that some are paid so low. Our Government needs to force the change now. I'd like to see them go a month on making less than minimum pay. Thanks Cal

Jeremy S (3)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 8:13 pm
Having worked a job that garnered a so-called minimum wage myself for a long time, I know that in itself is barely enough to survive on--let alone the fraction that people with disabilities are paid! The minimum wage must be raised for all people, everywhere!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 10:56 pm
Thanks Cal. WE can see why the top 1% is getting richer.

Athena F (131)
Monday February 10, 2014, 12:00 am
thank you!

Past Member (0)
Monday February 10, 2014, 1:46 am
In the UK the government pays a subsidy to an employer who takes on a disabled person that give them a decent wage. This is the correct thing to do.

Johann Scheffler (120)
Monday February 10, 2014, 3:38 am
noted thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday February 10, 2014, 4:39 am
Thanks Alfred, I just came back from the UK. Can you explain why the that according to the Labour Force Survey, disabled people are now more likely to be employed than they were in 2002, but disabled people remain significantly less likely to be in employment than non-disabled people. In 2012, 46.3 per cent of working-age disabled people are in employment compared to 76.4 per cent of working-age non-disabled people. There is therefore a 30.1 percentage point gap between disabled and non-disabled people, representing over 2 million people. The gap has reduced by 10 percentage points over the last 14 years and has remained stable over the last two years despite the economic climate. Just wondering? As someone with MS, I understand no one is going to pay me what I used to earn.

Jason R (67)
Monday February 10, 2014, 8:54 am
What about the other benefits the disabled get? Housing, food stamps, energy bills. The story sucks as much as a fox hack piece. It's unfair.
You KNOW I'm for fairness.

Vivian B (169)
Monday February 10, 2014, 3:18 pm
These people have to have a living wage. The SSDI is not even close to a living. And ALL help for anyone with disabilities can expect to see their small pittance to be reduced by the GOP every time they get a chance. Remember, they are the "Takers" in their eyes!

Christine S (134)
Monday February 10, 2014, 3:19 pm
If the disabled person can do the exact same job, then the pay should be the exact same. Some of the mentally disabled people may do a good job, but are slower at it- so would you rather they get paid a little less, or not have the job at all because they are too slow. a tough decision.

Darlene Martinez (0)
Monday February 10, 2014, 5:32 pm
my classmate's mother-in-law makes $64 /hour on the computer . She has been fired from work for 9 months but last month her pay check was $18641 just working on the computer for a few hours. published here,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,



Patsy Olive (0)
Monday February 10, 2014, 6:35 pm
Noted. thanks

Jae A (316)
Monday February 10, 2014, 8:43 pm
When we lived in New Orleans, a number of years ago,one of the biggest chain grocery stores there hired a lot of disable pretty low wages cost to them but federal grants make up the difference .. bringing their wages up to equal that of others not disabled. A great way of promoting hiring of disable/handicap persons...imo. Of course the GOP of today would probably not agree with that type of helping disabled person find employment. Right now the GOP is fighting to lower wages for everyone in general so I don't see where this article is trying to go in the first place.

Lloyd H (46)
Monday February 10, 2014, 10:17 pm
Well round two with this Bull. First and foremost, The President Obama and all Presidents have the Constitutional Right upheld by SCOTUS, to limited control of the regulations for Federal Contractors via Presidential Order. But, and I can not stress this enough NCD is either ignorant or lying about what the President can do, the President, regardless of which one, can not rewrite federal law. And considering that The Repugs of the House specifically, refuse equal pay for women so they are damn sure not going to help any disabled person. Then there is the intentional misinformation that indicates that the disabled person referenced has an income of only $300 but that ignores SSI and SSDI income, along with Medicaid, possibly free transportation to and from work. To be quite honest this is a hit piece worthy of Murdoch or the Koch Brothers.

reft h (66)
Monday February 10, 2014, 10:47 pm

Athena F (131)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:58 am
noted, thanks
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