|Screen shot from the city's bill signing ceremony.|
Congratulations go out to the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities; the National Federation of the Blind, Washington chapter; and Disability Rights Washington!
Helping out on earlier efforts for a temporary halt: Self Advocates In Leadership; People First of Washington; and AtWork!
We also happily supported this effort. This issue has been a top priority for the self-advocates we work with and alongside.
- Bill signing video
- KUOW report, Seattle bans subminimum wages for people with disabilities
- Seattle Times article: Seattle bans lower wages for people with disabilities
- Seattle Met article: Seattle outlaws subminimum wage for people with disabilities
- Press release from sponsoring council member
- Ordinance summary and fiscal note
Some people are concerned about the effect ending subminimum wage certificates might have on people with developmental disabilities. Washington, and especially King County, has already shifted away from prevocational services (also known as sheltered workshops) and group supported employment, where most individuals earned less than minimum wage. Most DDA clients locally are enrolled in individual supported employment where they make minimum wage or better. Here are the numbers from July 2017.
Others are concerned about people losing hours. Statewide, the difference in average hours between group supported employment (where you see more subminimum wages) and individual supported employment was about 30 minutes a week, 10.9 hours versus 10.4 hours.