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Push to save jobs of blind workers in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. (AP) -- Senator Charles Schumer is pushing to save the jobs of more than 60 blind Rochester residents who make paper goods and other supplies for federal agencies.

The senator is discussing the issue Monday morning at the Rochester Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He says under a 1971 law, the federal government is required to purchase certain supplies from non-profit groups that participate in a program called AbilityOne, which employs blind people.

Schumer says recent changes in how the federal government distributes and procures supplies have caused a million-dollar drop in sales at Rochester's AbilityOne program. That has put the entire operation at risk.

He is calling on the administration to develop plans to ensure agencies continue to purchase through AbilityOne.

AP-WF-06-23-14 0705GMT

 
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