Call today to get your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act!

This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives is holding a hearing on barriers to employment, including for people with disabilities. The hearing will include a focus on the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act (S.260/H.R.873), which would provide funding to states and providers to expand opportunities for competitive integrated employment. It would also end the practice of paying people with disabilities subminimum wages under Section 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

So far, only one of New York’s two Senators, Kirsten Gillibrand, is a co-sponsor of the bill in the Senate and only three Representatives are co-sponsors in the House.

New York Co-sponsors

  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Rep. Joseph Morelle
  • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Action: Call Senator Schumer and your Representative (if they are not listed above) and urge them to co-sponsor the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act! You can reach them by calling the main Capitol line at #202-224-3121 (voice) or 202-224-3091 (TTY).

Say: “I am calling as a constituent to ask you to co-sponsor the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act S.260/H.R.873. This bill will address barriers to employment for people with disabilities. It provides funding and technical assistance to states and providers to increase capacity for competitive integrated employment. It will phase out the ability of businesses to pay people with disabilities subminimum wages, often pennies on the dollar, under 14C of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It will help businesses using 14C certificates transform into competitive, integrated workplaces where people with disabilities work alongside everyone else and get paid equal pay for equal work. Co-sponsor the Transformation Act to help improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”