Resolution 2019-02

Regarding Support for the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act

WHEREAS, 50 businesses in the State of Florida Hold Section 14(c) Certificates, paying 3,827 disabled employees subminimum wages; and

WHEREAS, the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act (TCEA) Act has the same goal as the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act, namely to] phase(s) out the use of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act; and

WHEREAS, the National Federation of the Blind has passed two resolutions affirming our long-held goal to repeal Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and to end the practice of paying people with disabilities sub-minimum wages; and

WHEREAS, Vermont, which has no entities that hold Section 14(c) certificates, New Hampshire, which on May 7, 2015, signed a bill into law prohibiting entities from paying individuals with disabilities less than the minimum wage and Alaska, which recently joined New Hampshire and Maryland are the only states to eliminate exemptions that permit paying sub-minimum wages to persons with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, more than eighty organizations representing individuals with disabilities support the repeal of Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, further illustrating the growing trend against this discriminatory practice: Now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Florida in Convention assembled this 26th day of May, 2019, in the city of Boca Raton, Florida, that this organization call upon the Florida Department of Labor to facilitate informed debate and to learn the truth about the employment capacity of people with disabilities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization call upon the State Legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis to repeal Section 14(C) Certificates in the state of Florida.