SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Wando) — Illinois House Democrats are phasing out the minimum wage for workers with developmental and intellectual disabilities starting in 2019. State lawmakers had the chance to pass legislation to address the issue on Friday. dignity in payroll law After a heated debate, it failed to gain sufficient support.
Disabled workers have been paid well below the state minimum wage for many years, and some lawmakers have stressed that the time to eliminate below-minimum wages is past.
Rep. Theresa Marr (D-Chicago) said on Friday states should empower people with disabilities to maximize employment and self-sufficiency. Ma and many other lawmakers think it is wrong that some people make as little as 50 cents an hour and earn only $100 a month.
“With this law, the state of Illinois will allow everyone to earn at least minimum wage for their work by eliminating paying wages below minimum wage by 2027, regardless of disability. will be one of them,” Ma explained.
The Wages Dignity Act could create a multi-year plan to phase out the use of 14C certificates on July 1, 2027. The Illinois Disability Employment and Economic Opportunity Task Force is responsible for recommending future state policies, benchmarks, and policies. Funding level to reach this goal.
“It’s time to set a firm date to end paying below the minimum wage in Illinois and take the necessary steps to ensure more employment opportunities for people with disabilities,” Maher said.
House Democrats said paying below minimum wage reinforces false and unfortunate expectations of disabled people in the workforce. Still, House Republicans said employers would be forced to cut if they had to pay higher wages.
“A lot of companies don’t want people who have a two- to four-hour focus,” said Rep. Charlie Meyer (R-Oakville). “They want someone who can work eight hours.
Other Republican lawmakers have argued that wage increases are unnecessary because local manufacturers and businesses employ people with disabilities as part of their philanthropic efforts.
MP Dan Ugaste (Republican, Geneva) said: “If you think of these places as places of employment, you are wrong.” “We provide social services. They are social service providers and they do it without funding from the state.”
However, the bill calls for the creation of a special subsidy fund to help regional institutions transition away from wages below the minimum wage. Co-sponsors noted that some companies have already made this change without enacting legislation.
Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) said, “This bill will further our efforts to help adults with disabilities who, like my brothers, need jobs, need jobs, and need socialization. It just escalates and accelerates,” he said.
Rep. Dan Corkins, R-Decatur, said he appreciated the intent of the bill and the time Mr Maher spent on long-term planning. But Mr. Corkins explained that he could not support a strict deadline for mandating wage increases for disabled workers.
“Let’s set up a task force. Let’s unite,” Mr. Corkins said. “Let’s work on finding a way. Let’s consider a federal program that we can put in all protective care jobs. But first, let’s stop enforcing this minimum wage on protective care jobs.”
But Mr. Corkins applauded Mr. Ma for including a provision in the bill that community group home residents should receive at least $100 a month in individual allowances by January 1. House Bill 793 also calls for a concurrent annual increase in the Personal Needs Allowance. Tax rate as a social security cost of living adjustment that comes into effect at the beginning of each year.
The plan failed to pass, 59-32, with 11 delegates present at the vote.
Ma called for deferring consideration of the bill. That means the House could vote on her plan when lawmakers return this week.
“A better future that respects the worth, potential and dignity of all people is possible,” Ma stressed.
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