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Default Disability activists descend on the headquarters of two powerful labor unions

DISABILITY ACTIVISTS DESCEND ON THE HEADQUARTERS OF TWO POWERFUL LABOR UNIONS

ADAPT Press Releases <adaptpr@adapt.org> 3:14 PM (22 minutes ago)

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Janine Bertram, 503-915-5247 or janinebk@mac.com

DISABILITY ACTIVISTS DESCEND ON THE HEADQUARTERS OF TWO POWERFUL LABOR UNIONS; DEMAND REAL COLLABORATION ON ISSUES IMPACTING ATTENDANT SERVICES

ADAPT Activists Protest Union Involvement in Rules Limiting Ability of People with Disabilities to Direct Own Services

Washington, DC Members of the disability rights group ADAPT have arrived at the national headquarters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to protest the unions role in developing labor rules that will require seniors and people with disabilities to bring strangers into their homes, force others into institutions, and reduce the take home pay of attendants. "This issue is about workers rights as well as the right of people with disabilities to direct their own services," said Anita Cameron of Denver ADAPT. "The unions have to realize this."

"Labor advocates have urged people to support these rules to assure that attendants get paid minimum wage and are paid time-and-a-half for overtime work," added Bruce Darling, an ADAPT organizer from Rochester, NY. The disability community recognizes the invaluable role that attendants play. We don't oppose the requirement that attendants be paid minimum wage or preferably better, but the overtime requirement will have a serious negative impact on people with disabilities.

ADAPT demands that SEIU and AFSCME bring a proposal to the table that addresses these concerns about the work rule change. Activists seek a commitment from the unions to meet with our representatives within two weeks to present at least one substantive proposal which would acknowledge that these rules will require seniors and people with disabilities to make unacceptable sacrifices of our freedom and self-determination.

To be added to our press list for daily press updates, please email Janine Bertram at janinebk@mac.com

More information about ADAPT can be found at http://www.adapt.org/
http://www.adapt.org/freeourpeople/2013/ and
http://www.doloffmybody.org

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