Schumer Wants Regulations Followed to Support Blind Workers
6/24/2014 (Updated 9:57:46 PM)Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing to save the jobs of 65 visually impaired workers in Binghamton...
the Binghamton Association for Visual Rehabilitation and Employment makes paper goods and other supplies for the federal government. According to the 1971 Javits-Wagner-O'Day Law, the federal government is required to buy certain supplies from non-profit organizations like the Binghamton AVRE.
However, Schumer said that enforcement of the law is relaxed and changes in the federal government have cost the Binghamton AVRE in the last year.
"We sell to the state, and then commercially as well, but the federal government is by far the biggest customer that we have. So if GSAs and enforce in compliance, that has a huge impact on us. In the last 12 months, it's been about a million dollars in sales for us," said Jennifer Small, Director of Development and Communication, Binghamton AVRE.
Schumer says that the drop in sales could jeopardize AVRE's operation. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have sent letters to the government's Budget and General Services Administrations, asking it to adhere more closely to the Javits-Wagner-O'Dey law.
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