ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Charles Schumer is pushing to save the jobs of dozens of blind workers in Rochester.
The 60 workers are part of a program called Ability One, a manufacturing program for the blind. The program is a government contract administered by the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Now they’re in danger of losing their jobs if the federal General Services Administration continues to turn to the private sector with business.
Schumer urged the government to comply with the law that requires it to purchase certain supplies and services from non-profit groups.
“Ability One provides participants with an outstanding job and an ability to make a decent living,” he said. “Some pride that they are useful and productive members of society just like everybody else, sot here’s an added benefit, not just the jobs and the economy and everything else like that.”
Schumer also said the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has lost over $1 million in sales because of the government changes.