Elimination of lower pay in state contracts for people with disabilities
Striving to increase inclusion and reduce barriers faced by people with disabilities, Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order to ensure that people with disabilities receive equal pay for the work they do as employees. government suppliers.
“Illinois is leading by example in ensuring that people with disabilities do not receive less than minimum wage,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “With this decree, my administration affirms that people with disabilities are valuable members of our workforce who deserve the dignity of equal pay.”
Coming during Disability Employment Awareness Month, this EO will prevent state agencies from contracting with state utilization program providers who pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage. In addition, the EO requires state agencies that currently have contracts with suppliers who pay people with disabilities a minimum wage to renegotiate those contracts to ensure that everyone is paid at least the minimum wage.
“We know that justice is not just about prisons and courts. It is about fair access to opportunities in the workplace and equal pay ”, said Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. “Workers with disabilities earn 87 cents for every dollar earned by those without disabilities. This EO prevents this harmful practice by ensuring that people with disabilities are valued and paid for their work just like anyone else. Illinois continues to lead efforts to make our country more equitable for all and close the wage gaps that hinder progress. “
“It is the duty of the state to set an example for other employers, and I commend the governor for his efforts to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities” said Senate majority Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood). “They deserve the dignity of a hard day’s work, and if given the opportunity, many of them are amazing workers who genuinely contribute to their employers and to society.”
“Discriminatory practices like these should never exist, and I am happy that our state can continue to push for fairer and more just laws.” said State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago). “People with disabilities deserve to be paid their fair value, and nothing less. “
“I am delighted to see the governor take this important step”, said State Representative Theresa Mah (D-Chicago). “I have been working towards abolishing the minimum wage for several years now, and I look forward to continuing to work with the governor and advocates so that minimum wage is no longer allowed anywhere in the state. “
“I am grateful for the measures taken by the administration in favor of pay equity for people with disabilities”, said State Representative Carol Ammons (D-Champaign). “We need to be a leader in this area and honor the work of these workers. People with disabilities are valuable and deserve a paycheck. “
“We applaud Governor Pritzker for taking this important step to eliminate the use of state contracts that pay disabled Illinois below minimum wages,” he added. said Karen Tamley, President and CEO of Access Living, a leading disability rights and services organization in Chicago. “We hope that organizations that continue to run outdated and unfair employment programs below the minimum wage will follow Governor Pritzker’s lead and ensure that all people with disabilities in our state earn a fair wage for their work. . “
“Equip for Equality congratulates Governor Pritzker for taking this important step”, said Barry Taylor, vice president for civil rights and systemic litigation at Equip for Equality. “For too long, many companies have benefited from public contracts, but paid their workers less than the minimum wage. Today’s executive order will correct this injustice and is a critical step in making the Employment First promise a reality in Illinois, so people with disabilities can engage in competitive and inclusive employment.
Through the State Use program, Illinois encourages all agencies to purchase products and services made and provided by people with disabilities. The program aims to provide long-term employment opportunities for people with disabilities through non-profit agencies that contract with state agencies.