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This story is hard to believe, I am still in shock! I think someone needs to remind the goodwill leadership that their business model is built on donations. I'll give my goods away to some other organization and or throw the items away. I will not support this mentality from this point foward..... And I will suggest the same to anyone that I can help educate on their unfair practices! I would suggest the goodwill leaders read the Nancy Brinker saga... I predict they will be following her lead. (blogger)

I heard the Goodwill in the Coastal Empire refers to it as a piece rate. I also heard most make minimuim wage but they stay at that rate for life.

Although the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, disabled workers may earn far less. Tonight “Rock Center with Brian Williams” takes a closer look at Goodwill Industries, a multi-billion dollar charity that employs 7,000 to 8,000 disabled workers.

Because of a 75-year-old federal loophole in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, Goodwill can legally determine disabled employee wages, with no limit to how low that wage can be. One Florida nonprofit was paying an employee just one-cent an hour.

According to the Department of Labor records, disabled workers in Pennsylvania received as little as $0.22 an hour in 2011. In contrast, Goodwill International CEO Jim Gibbons was paid $729,000 in salary and deferred compensation in 2011.

Gibbons is quick to defend the disparity. “It’s typically not about their livelihood,” he says. “It’s about their fulfillment. It’s about being a part of something. And it’s probably a small part of their overall program,” he said.

According to NBC, the CEOs of Goodwill franchises in America collectively earn about $30 million. We can probably assume these well compensated CEOs feel a lot more “fulfilled” than their disabled employees.

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Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/tv-den/2013/jun/21/tv-tonight-rock-center-investigates-low-wages-disa/#ixzz2WwobKdsk

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JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 09:12 AM

Geeeeeeeez, Another wolf in sheeps clothing!

PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 09:18 AM

Baaaaa....the wolves are running around naked.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I just had a friend who got laid off after working at Goodwill for 10 years. He was a very good worker, honest, on time, did his job. But, I do not know why they fired him.

Right now, he is pretty devastated.

PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I know several people that lost their job over the past few months. I was told the goal is for them to build a new store and job connection center every 3-6 months...in order for them to do that they have to cut hours and let people go.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

This article suggests one possible reason Goodwill is "going austere" in its wages and hiring is OBAMACARE. One example is cited as follows:

"Goodwill industries in Sacramento went from full time labor to part time labor. The change was completed by 12/31/12. Many senior employees went from 32-40 hours a week to no more then 28 hours a week. Some as low as 16 hours a week. They lost their sick pay, vacation pay, holiday pay and watched their positions be filled by new hires, volunteers, or persons required to work to receive cash aide benefits (cal-works /SSI) .

Very few (3) selected employees per store got to maintain their full time status,(one representing each department). Those employees have not yet received insurance benefits thru goodwill industries."

See: http://dtjoyce.com/2013/05/30/is-dese...

PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

@Sebekm..that's not true. This has been going on for years. Please, don't blame the POTUS for a company paying employees 2 cents an hour...I want stand for that. I'm a strong advocate for the disabled and Goodwill has never done right by them..Piece rates have been going on for decades at Goodwill.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Read the article - and the news. All around the country, businesses are cutting back on employees, their hours, and their workforce BECAUSE OF OBAMACARE. I said it earlier: when the full effects of Obamacare start to hit the fan, the people in this country who supported it - and the President - are going to be very unhappy. You often tout the President's approval numbers. Well - the latest is that Mr. Obama's disapproval rating is now 55% - with 40% of ALL voters "strongly disapproving." A big part of this is the effects of OBAMACARE.

See: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/publi...

This article also discusses the effects that all the scandals are having on the President's approval:


And you can add another scandal to the list. It was just announced that the President is appointing a new U.S. Ambassador to Belgium - undoubtedly because he has finally been convinced that the current ambassador frequently evaded his security detail so that he could solicit (and presumably afford himself of the services of) underage prostitutes.

See: http://www.dailypaul.com/290034/are-y...

But back to Goodwill industries: just watch the news over the next few months. OBAMACARE is going to be - as Dem. Senator Max Baucus said - a "train wreck." Look for Mr. Obama's approval rating to plunge even further when the full effects of ObamaCare are realized.

PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

@seb.are you so consumed with hate for the POTUS that your willing to defend a company paying a worker 2cents an hour? Let's not lose focus on the issue at hand.

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

PN is correct. There has been an going cut in services to the disabled and social services in general. But GW isn't the only one doing stuff like this. Many people with and advocates of people with Autism deplore Autism Speaks because of how much goes into the upper executives pockets and how little goes to research. Unfortunately the same accusation has been made about the American Red Cross. More money paid out at the top verses what people in need receive. I will say our local ARC is downright awesome.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 15:35 PM

PolNat: It isn't hate - and I'm not defending Goodwill. I'm just telling you what I believe is behind the issue you raised. President Obama wanted ObamaCare so bad he dedicated his entire first term to it. He ignored the economic situation in this country and spent all of his political capital on ObamaCare - to the detriment of the vast majority of the people in this country. Now he has it, and the business community thinks it STINKS. The majority of the country didn't want it, and we are seeing the results now. I didn't make up the quote I cited. It was written by somebody who had first hand knowledge of the situation with Goodwill in Sacramento.

You are so in love with Obama that you refuse to see the truth. Right now, the polls show a higher percentage of people in this country who disapprove of his job performance than the percentage who reelected him. It isn't hate, and it isn't racism. It's STILL "the economy," and on that matter Mr. Obama gets a failing grade.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 15:37 PM

Methinks, my brother in advocacy, Sebe The Independent, has zig-zagged over to the other side from the middle road he traveled in days of yore. :)

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 15:55 PM

I'm still calling 'em like I see 'em, Jimmy, regardless where the chips fall. I said it before and I'll say it again: The wrong man got elected President last time. I believe history will bear me out - as it has regarding Dubya's "approval ratings." As of two months ago, Dubya's approval ratings for his presidency had risen to 47%, which I point out are HIGHER THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S RIGHT NOW!!!

See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/t...

ObamaCare was a MISTAKE. I would be saying that no matter who was president, but I doubt it would have been advanced by a Republican. Dubya gets my blame for contributing to screwing up the economy by presiding over a system which spent money and accumulated debt like DEMOCRATS. Obama gets my blame for ignoring the economy - in a very practical way - and focusing on ObamaCare. Like Nero, he literally fiddled while our economy burned.

It may look like zig-zagging, but that's the nature of independence, isn't it?

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 16:09 PM

Gee, I'm not really sure but I am sure about one thing right now...you are coming across to maybe only me right now as a little angry. And that really does scare me a little. I think I may be expected by some to run it all in a ditch from time to time. But I kinda count on you and up2 and Funk, to keep us all straight.

I understand your distaste for BHO, even tho I do not agree with it. However, you will find solace in the fact that he will be gone in 3 years.

The flip side of that is whether or not all that distaste for BHO will carry over to his replacement: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

No - I am not angry; and believe it or not, I don't have any distaste for the President. As I mentioned earlier, in his Chicago days he lived less than five miles away from where I was born and raised; rooted for the same sports teams I did; dealt with the same "city issues" I did; and I believe he overcame a lot to achieve his education and career status. However, he still fiddled while the economy burned and his domestic priorities are upside down. PLUS - he's a DEMOCRAT. (And so is HRC.) With me, this is not "personal" - it's political. I have no doubt that Mr. Obama's heart is in the right place and he believes he is doing what is best for this country. On most areas other than homeland security, I disagree.

As to his "replacement," we shall see. I don't concede anything for 2016. As more shenannigans which occurred during her watch at the State Department, her support may erode. And don't forget the "beauty contest" aspect of the horse race for President.

Speaking of "beauty contests," once again the President demonstrates that he knows how to pick ' em. The background of his nominee for Number 2 at CIA has flown under the radar since the announcement on June 13th, so you may have missed it. But check THIS out:


(Note especially the quoted passage which the nominee reportedly read aloud from "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" by Anne Rice writing under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaire.)

Obviously, any woman who has the guts and panache to host “Erotica Night” at a Baltimore bookstore will do exceptionally well working under-cover (or is that under-the-covers?) at CIA.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

...As more shenannigans which occurred during her watch at the State Department are exposed, that is....

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Just thought about "the nature of independence" comment.

To me it seems that if you take what you are doing seriously, such as becoming a candidate for public office, and then declare yourself as belonging to one or the other political parties, then that is a pretty big step to take in life. It's akin to taking an oath of loyalty. It's not like changing your socks every once in a while. Or your underwear. You are declaring your adherence to the politics of the party you are joining and that you support those policies.

My problem with Zig-Zag is his cavalier shedding of that oath and loyalty and going over to the other side. Kinda like say a U.S. soldier defecting in the heat of battle to join the other side.

Zell is a clever politician at the least, and at the most he is a cowardly political opportunist out for himself, and himself only. He will do or say anything that is beneficial to him depending on which way the political wind is blowing.

When the Republican onslaught began in the nineties with the advent of Newt and the Republicans Contract With America, many of us on the left chose to dig our heels in and adhere to our Party priciples. No retreat. Meet aggression with aggression. Stand our ground.

Zell did otherwise and defected to what seemed at the time to be a forever winning Republican juggernaut where any resistance to it was futile. We all know now that the Republican high water mark is in recession and is beginning to trend toward Tea Party Extremism.

I know this is just a rant of no particular value except venting my dislike for the traitor Zell. But, I had to get it off my chest so that I can go take my old man nap. Maybe I will enjoy an REM dream of relieving my bladder upon Zell's Tombstone one day. I just might get such an opportunity.

timeontarget commented on Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 07:11 AM

I'm not sure but I was told that you do not take an oath of allegiance to the party when you qualify for office.

You simply pay the qualifying fee to the party.

Will some of you check that matter out please.

HMJC commented on Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 09:42 AM

My question is now that Obama Care is spirling downward, costing twice as what was projected, and has left employers little recourse if they still want to have a buisness that generates a profit. So, left, right, in the middle; I would hope that you would be objective and accept that this is the case. It is not about hating obama; its about a program he swung for the fences on and stuck out. The second and third order effects of obamacare continue to become detrimental and are a direct contributer to part of our economic woes. This has nothing to do with times are a changing or it's Bush's fault. It is about a FAILED program that continues to get worse by the day.

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 09:48 AM

@HMJC..I would consider it but this process has been going on for decades..that means Obama Care wasn't even thought of.

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

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HMJC commented on Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 14:44 PM


Are you saying that obamacare has no part with our current situation? I know I sound like I am saying this because I do not care for obama however; my concerns are validated daily. It is not paying for itsels as promised, it is taking away jobs or reducing benifits and hours, and lastly does not remotely perform anywhere close to the hype that was promised. So, leaders accept responsibity for their decisions and "good" leaders make a change when they realize that the course of action they have prescribed is failing. I don't want to keep ranting as this is not my blog and this was not the main topic. All I am asking is objectivity and that we quit excusing every failed program or policy the current administration implements. If we keep riding the current donkey we all really going to be the "butt" of the joke...

PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 17:08 PM

I'm saying that Obama Care has no place in this discussion. End of conversation.

sebekm commented on Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 19:02 PM

Not for me it isn't. The subject of this blog is low wages paid to disabled employees. Regardless of WHEN ObamaCare was implemented, this program sticks it to low wage workers as well. Salon says it best:

"ObamaCare stiffs low wage workers - As of now, they're either forced to pay huge premiums or a smaller penalty that leaves them with no coverage at all."

See: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/01/obama...

So while PN wants to direct the attention to big, bad Goodwill, the fact of matter is that in addition to the low wages, ObamaCare clobbers those disabled, low-wage workers as well.

Consequently - for that reason alone, it has EVERY place in this discussion. PN - you can steer the discussion but you can't control it. HMJC - your points are well taken. The impact of ObamaCare will be felt in businesses like Goodwill throughout the country, and will further compound any injustices that are already being experienced by the labor force.

ObamaCare will further compound the problems.

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