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Schumer pushes to save jobs of blind Rochester workers

Updated: 06/24/2014 12:12 AM
Created: 06/23/2014 3:19 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Senator Chuck Schumer was in town Monday to show his support for the blind or visually impaired in Rochester and around the country.

There is a law enacted in 1971 that says the government has to buy certain supplies from non-profit groups like the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Workers at the ABVI take part in a program called, AbilityOne. They make things like Post-It Notes and cleaning supplies.

Senator Schumer says those jobs are now at risk because of changes in how the federal government gets its supplies.

Senator Schumer said, “I certainly support smarter systems that make government more efficient, but the government has to comply with the law and that means products have to be continued to be made by the blind. That's a requirement.”

Schumer says he's in contact with the Federal General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget about this issue.





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