March 13th, 2023
HF 2513 – Representative Hanson and SF 2669 – Senator Maye Quade
Eliminating Subminimum Wage
Dear Minnesota Elected Officials,
The Minnesota Council on Disability is writing to express our strong support for HF 2513/SF 2669, which would eliminate sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities in Minnesota.
Sub-minimum wage is based on the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA), which was passed in 1938, decades before the disability rights movement. Sub-minimum wage values a person with a disability based on how productive they can be, rather than them as an individual human being. An employer uses the 14c certification within FLSA to employ people with disabilities who earn piecemeal rates far below the federal minimum wage. This discriminatory practice perpetuates inequality and undermines the civil rights of people with disabilities. Minnesota would take a significant step towards creating a more equitable and just society for all by eliminating sub-minimum wages.
The Star Tribune has excellent recent reporting on the elimination of sub-minimum wage:
In historic shift, Minnesota pushes to abolish subminimum wages for people with disabilities
March 12th, 2023 By Chris Serres
Notably, HF 2513 and SF 2669 include grants and services to ensure everyone receives the support and services they need through the State’s transition. These services are critical to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to the resources and support they need to thrive in the workforce and earn a living wage so that no one falls through the proverbial cracks in transition. Additionally, by providing these resources, Minnesota can create a more inclusive and supportive environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
It is concerning to know that Minnesota is the biggest per-capita user of sub-minimum wage, and it is high time for the State to lead the way in abolishing this outdated and discriminatory practice. By passing this legislation, Minnesota can become a national leader in promoting the civil rights of people with disabilities and creating a more equitable and just society for all.
We urge you to support HF 2513/SF 2669 and help Minnesota achieve a more inclusive and equitable society for people with disabilities. Thank you for your attention to this critical matter.
Public Policy Director