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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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