On Wednesday, February 14th HB-5587 was introduced in the Michgian House of Representatives to eliminate the practice of paying sub-minimum wage to persons with disabilities.
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Advocacy efforts regarding competitive, integrated employment of individuals with disabilities has been increasing over the last year. The implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is reforming and strengthening the workforce development system to facilitate the match between individuals seeking work and employers seeking workers. We recognize that people with disabilities are a valuable talent pool and contribute to the workforce and to our communities. Acknowledging these talents is long overdue.
The elimination of sub-minimum wage is central to the eradication of the economic disparities that people with disabilities face. Earning a livable, fair wage is an essential part of community participation. It is time to assure all members of society have such opportunities. Elimination of sub-minimum wage will bring Michigan into the 21st century. The Statewide Independent Living Council, Developmental Disabilities Council, Michigan Protection and Advocacy along with other organizations support steps in this direction and look forward to the day when everyone’s contributions are recognized by society in meaningful ways.