SEATTLE, Washington – When Seattle decided to require paying the $15 minimum wage to all workshop employees, workers and families dealt with devastating consequences, Cheryl Felak said.
Felak is a Seattle parent and registerd nurse whose son, Thomas, has a genetic condition, Baker-Gordon syndrome, which limits severely what he can do in a workplace, she said.
In Seattle, as in Missouri, workshop employees received a “commensurate wage” based on how quickly they could accomplish work compared to an able person, Felak said. For example, if a disabled worker takes 10 hours to do the same task an able worker can do in one hour, then the disabled worker is paid for one hour of work after working 10.
“It’s a fair wage for what they’re doing,” Felak said.
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