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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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http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/52280748#52280748

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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.

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.

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. :)

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.

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

Please watch video attached.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp...

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

PN,

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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