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4 Notable Quotes on TIME Act

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 03:39 PM

The TIME Act is a bipartisan bill geared to ban subminimum wages that are paid to disabled workers. The bill is an acronym for Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment, and it specifically targets Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The proposed bill follows the attempts of the 2013 Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities, which sparked national attention after "Rock Center with Brian Williams" centered on the low pay received by disabled Goodwill workers.

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Mississippi Rep. Gregg Harper leads the effort to pass the bill, but GovTrack predicts the efforts will be futile, with only a 3 percent chance of enactment. Despite the poor prognosis, many are speaking out on the bill.

Here are four notable quotes on the TIME Act:

1. "Segregated, subminimum-wage work is just an expression of low expectations that instills a false sense of incapacity in individuals who could become competitively employed with the proper training and support. It unjustly prohibits workers with disabilities from reaching their full potential." – Harper, in a 2015 press release.

2. "The National Federation of the Blind and our partners … fight every day to obtain the equality and respect in the workplace that nondisabled citizens take for granted. We applaud Congressman Harper for having the courage to confront over seventy years of entrenched but false thinking about the capacity of people with disabilities." – Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind.

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3. "We believe that citizens with disabilities are capable of being employed in integrated work settings at the same wage as their peers without disabilities. As such, we strongly endorse this legislation." – Statement from the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst on the TIME Act.

4. "NCD believes that the Section 14(c) program is a policy relic from the 1930s, when discrimination was inevitable because service systems were based on a charity model rather than empowerment and self-determination, and when societal low expectations for people with disabilities colored policymaking." – Jeff Rosen, chairperson for the National Council on Disability.

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