#EqualPay4OurWork Twitter Chat: The Fight to Eliminate the Subminimum Wage

Solid colored background with the following text in white font: #EqualPay4OurWork: The Fight to Eliminate the Subminimum Wage. Co-hosted by the National Federation of the Blind (@NFB_voice) and Shaun Bickley (@LeftistAutist). Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 3pm EST / 12pm PST

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When the Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938, it included a revolutionary protection:  a minimum wage.  But Section 14(c) of the Act included an exemption allowing some workers – people with disabilities – to be paid less.  Eighty-one years later, 14(c) still remains in effect, and many disabled people are employed in “sheltered workshops” where we make, on average, less than $2 an hour.

But that’s changing!  Disability advocates are fighting back, both with Federal legislation and in state legislatures.

Rooted in Rights, in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind (@NFB_voice) and subminimum wage activist Shaun Bickley (@LeftistAutist), is hosting a Twitter chat on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 3pm EST / 12pm PST to discuss the efforts being made to end the subminimum wage and win #EqualPay4OurWork.

We hope to see you join the conversation on March 5th by using the hashtag #EqualPay4OurWork in your tweets and be a part of the discussion.

Questions that will be discussed during the chat:

Q1:  Has there been any legislative action in your state to end subminimum wage?  If not, what can be done to get this issue on the radar of your elected officials?  #EqualPay4OurWork

Q2:  What has been the latest efforts on the federal level to eliminate submimimum wages?  #EqualPay4OurWork

Q3:  How has subminimum wage perpetuated the devaluing of disabled workers’ labor and presence in the workplace?  #EqualPay4OurWork

Q4:  The exploitation of disabled people is a rampant problem.  How have you handled situations where employers sought to exploit your labor on the job?  #EqualPay4OurWork

Q5:  For 2019, what can individuals and organizations do to bring attention to the issue of subminimum wage   #EqualPay4OurWork

To learn more about the subminimum wage, you can watch our documentary, Bottom Dollars, now available in segments on YouTube.