Today, Mayor Durkan, signed into law that Seattle has eliminated special certificates for disabled people to work for less than minimum wage. Sounds like a great idea to encourage people to hire those with disabilities – that is, until you know the truth behind this legislation and the misinformation that was used to push it forward and make others believe it was the right thing to do.
While I fully support equal wages for equal work – regardless if one is disabled or not – I have great concerns about the lack of understanding of the complex issues involved in this legislation. For the people affected by this legislation, community integration is as important, if not more important, than the wage they earn.
The Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities has so far been only mendacious in their replies to questions. Also, as I was in the process of writing this post, I have again been blocked from the public Facebook Page for Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities. Again, they refused to answer the questions and censored discussions.
Seattle Commission for PWD needs to be accountable and answer the questions. Threats and accusations do not show accountability for decisions you have made.
Mayor Durkan was totally unable to answer the questions asked at the end of the press conference – either she knows the answer and is too embarrassed to say or she has no clue and bases her information on the lies she has been told by the commission.