The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Breaking News


December 18, 2013

Skyline voices labor concerns to Rep. Loebsack

CLINTON — U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack toured Skyline Center on Tuesday where he learned what consumers of the Clinton organization produce and what legislative changes are on the minds of its directors.

Among the issues that topped the list were changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and cuts to federal grants.

Skyline employs Clinton and area residents with disabilities in its warehouse to produce items such as gun cleaning kits, store displays and bike chain pieces. The workers, known as “consumers”, are paid a piece rate based on the prevailing wage of similar industries. Many of these workers end up being paid less than the $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage, which is permitted by the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to Section 14(c), organizations such as Skyline Center can pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage.

A number of groups across the country have rallied to abolish Section 14(c), which would force employers such as Skyline to pay all employees the federal minimum wage.

The effects of having to pay all their workers would hurt Skyline Center and the disabled who work there, according to Executive Director Jack Robinson and Operations Director Glenn Schilling.

“We’d have to pay them minimum wage and we wouldn’t be able to. Also, they wouldn’t be able to support themselves, primarily,” Robinson said.

Around 90 people work at the warehouse and another 14 work at various jobs in the community. The Clinton organization helps consumers secure jobs and live in the community and provides home health care. Around 70 are in community living programs and 45 receive home healthcare. The organization also boasts 125 staff members and can have up to 60 temporary consumers at any given time.

If 14(c) was abolished, Skyline would have to reduce its workforce, Robinson said, adding to the unemployment rate of those with disabilities.

Text Only
  • BREAKING: Arbitrator rules in favor of Clinton firefighters

    Gallagher rules in favor of Union's wages and insurance proposals over the city's.

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-23-14 3B-Photo, Clinton baseball Kings feel re-energized (with VIDEOS & PHOTO ALBUM)

    CLINTON -- There’s nothing like a postseason run to get the juices flowing again and jumpstart a baseball season that at times was trying.The atmosphere around the Clinton High School program is upbeat these days. One game away from a second consecut

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • At the pool Summer heat may be temporary (wtih VIDEO)

    CLINTON — Just two days past the mid-point of summer, Clinton recorded its first 90 degree day of the season.Though it's not a very common summer trend in the Clinton area, there have actually been several July months over the years that never even r

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Best of the East enters town today CLINTON — After seeing some new scenery in the eastern portion of the Midwest League, the Clinton LumberKings are back home to welcome the top two teams from the opposite division — the West Michigan Whitecaps, who have won on average six out of ever

    July 23, 2014

  • Shooting investigation continues CLINTON — An investigation continues in the weekend shooting of a 22-year-old woman.Clinton Police Capt. Bill Greenwalt confirmed Monday that police are not considering the shooting to be accidental. He said that Ciara Donley, 22, was walking between

    July 23, 2014

  • Airport Photo 1 Construction pushed back

    CLINTON — Weather-related setbacks have pushed completion of the Clinton Municipal Airport renovation to late August at the earliest. Construction originally was slated to be completed in March, airport manager Mike Nass said.“It’s been a wet spring

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mayor walks out on closed sessions CLINTON — Citing recent legal woes endured by the Clinton City Council, Mayor Mark Vulich stepped away from two separate closed session discussions on Tuesday’s agenda.“Because of previous legal matters, I will not be participating,” Vulich said. The

    July 23, 2014

  • Students get first-hand look at non-profits CLINTON — An upcoming event will showcase Clinton area’s non-profits to incoming Ashford University students.The second Fresh START (Serving to Achieve Results Together) event will be held Saturday, Aug. 16. Students and staff members will serve at v

    July 23, 2014

  • Police search for suspects in boat thefts CLINTON — Clinton police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or the people who stole two boats and damaged another boat approximately a week ago in the Clinton Marina area.Clinton Police Capt. Bill Greenwalt confirmed that two

    July 23, 2014

  • County to assist with road project CLINTON — Clinton County will apply for federal funds to assist the city of Low Moor with a road project.County Engineer Todd Kinney said Monday during the Board of Supervisors meeting that a road rehabilitation is needed on the first quarter mile or

    July 23, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.