A Peoria non-profit is trying to garner opposition to a bill currently being discussed in Springfield.
Currently, federal labor laws allow some employers to pay people with developmental disabilities less than the minimum wage. However, in Springfield, lawmakers want to strike that down with a phase-out plan that would take effect by 2024 with HB3340.
EP!C officials want all employers to pay workers minimum wage, including as it rises to $15 an hour. The bill also asks for a commission to study the phase-out plan and give recommendations.
In a statement, EP!C responded, “We are asking for your help in voicing opposition to this. We currently serve 43 people who don’t meet the minimum wage threshold and the ability for us to be able to provide them a sub-minimum wage gives them the opportunity to gain skills and albeit smaller, earn their own paycheck.“
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