Maybe it’s time we learned from the state of Alaska?

The state of Alaska ruled that people with disabilities deserve the same minimum wage as every other worker. Seems like that would be a basic thing — after all, a job is a job, a minimum is a minimum, and a worker is a worker.

But forty-seven of the fifty states still allow employers to pay special sub-minimum wages to workers with disabilities.

And Washington is one of them. 

What do you think about the practice of paying sub-minimum wages to disabled workers?

For eighty years there’s been a loophole in workers rights laws saying that you can be paid less than minimum wage just because you have a disability. 

And yet somehow the bosses of these workers don't treat themselves the same way. For example, Goodwill Enterprises pays sub-minimum wages to thousands of disabled workers across the country, while their franchise CEOs together get paid a total of $30 million a year.


We're an organization of workers here in Washington and we're proud of how often our state has led the way on these kinds of issues. So it's a little painful for us to say it, but maybe it’s time we learned from Alaska? (On this one at least?)