Friday, August 16, 2013

Join us next Tuesdayto discuss the issue of Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities

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We are trying something new -- every other month will be focused on a major national issue!

Join us next Tuesday to discuss the issue of Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities

Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) allows employers to obtain Special Wage Certificates permitting them to legally pay their disabled workers subminimum wages that are less than the federal minimum wage. These entities are almost always sheltered workshops, segregated workplaces that employ workers with various disabilities, including sensory, physical, and cognitive or developmental disabilities.  Currently there are approximately 400,000 workers with disabilities being paid subminimum wages, some as low as pennies per hour.

Is this work? Is this training? Is this right?

Mr. Anil Lewis, Director of Advocacy and Policy for the National Federation of the Blind will discuss the legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, and other social action being taken to secure Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 1-2 pm Eastern time, 12-1 Central time, 11-12 Mountain time, 10-11 am Pacific time
Call in number:  1-213-342-3000
Code: 193134#
To get an idea of who joins our calls, if you are interested in joining on Tuesday, please fill out this quick form!
CART: The call will have real-time captioning (CART)! The website where you will be able to view the captioning is Username: forum. Password: forum. Thank you to the National Disability Leadership Alliance for sponsoring the captioning of this call.
** If you need additional accommodations to participate in the call, please let us know as soon as possible.
Contact Anil Lewis:
Twitter: @anillife

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Organizer's Forum has a call on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1-2 pm EST (10-11 am PST). 
NOTE: We have a listserv for discussion on these issues. It's; please go to: and click "Join this group!" We also have our separate announcement-only listserv to allow everyone to easily get notices about the Organizer's Forum, called Please email us to be added.
We also have a facebook page! We can use this is a way to continue conversation beyond the monthly calls. Please "like" Organizer's Forum on facebook.!/pages/Organizers-Forum/228971863811531?sk=info
The Organizing Workgroup of the National Disability Leadership Alliance hosts these calls the third Tuesday of every month as a resource for disability organizers, in an effort toward building the organizing capacity of the disability community across the country. They generally follow the format of a Welcome followed by 2-3 experts in a given area speaking for a few minutes on their experiences, advice and challenges. The calls include a 20-30 minute question and answer period.
To ask questions via CART: Sign-in to the Chat function on the right side of the transcript and type your question.  One of the call facilitators will read out any questions posted there.
Because we want to maximize the generously donated CART services, we will begin the call promptly at 1pm and end the call promptly at 2pm (eastern time).  A few other reminders about call etiquette:
·         Say your name before each time you speak
·         Speak one at a time
·         Speak slowly and as clearly as possible
So you can mark your calendars now, Organizer’s Forums are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.  If you have suggestions for call topics or presenters for upcoming topics, please email them to or
Looking forward to talking with you all!
Jessica Lehman and Diane Coleman
Co-Chairs, National Organizing Workgroup

Mr. Anil Lewis, M.P.A.
Director of Advocacy and Policy

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