Larry Willman
Larry Willman

I've decided to take everything to Salvation Army now! They care about Vets and the disabled.

Ellen Beck
Ellen Beck

Some Goodwill "work" facilities, are basically like a cross between an "adult daycare" & an occupational therapy facility, which give gov't supported clients a sense of purpose, normalcy, & contribution to society, for those who lack the adequate mental & social capicity to function properly in a normal workplace, while earning spending $$.

Nick Magel
Nick Magel
  • Ellen Beck

Hi Ellen, thanks for all of your responses. The National Federation of the Blind have some great resources that can help you as you further your research. https://nfb.org/fair-wages I think the FAQ document is very helpful. I think your point about FLSA being over 70 yrs old really helps highlight how outdated and exploitative Sec. 14C of FLSA is. Also, thanks for sharing your experiences volunteering for Goodwill. I think connecting peoples stories and experiences to campaigns and...

Hi Ellen, thanks for all of your responses. The National Federation of the Blind have some great resources that can help you as you further your research. https://nfb.org/fair-wages I think the FAQ document is very helpful. I think your point about FLSA being over 70 yrs old really helps highlight how outdated and exploitative Sec. 14C of FLSA is. Also, thanks for sharing your experiences volunteering for Goodwill. I think connecting peoples stories and experiences to campaigns and conversations like this one is critical. I would however caution generalizing all disabled employees working environments as the one you worked in. To your point about federal assistance essentially paying the difference to meet minimum wage, I would ask you this; Is that the type of policy you would feel comfortable with for everyone receiving federal assistance (students, veterans, retirees)? If not, I don't think it's appropriate to suggest this only for disabled people receiving federal assistance.

Laurie Pruett
Laurie Pruett

If Goodwill hires workers then this company should be forced to pay at least the minimum wage. The company is making money and so should the employees. Someone other than the poor or disabled are getting wealthy. Now that I think about it, if you hire them, they are not disabled, are they?

Ethylene Tatum
Ethylene Tatum

I stopped donating and shopping at GOODWILL a year ago, because I found out they only benefit the high officials who operate Goodwill, and therefore are NOT a GOODWILL to the people they were originated for. I heard Salvation Army actually gives to people in need of help.

Ann Harwood
Ann Harwood

I guess that is the end for my years of donating to Goodwill. I was unhappy that they paid their CEO in Canada so much, but now I am really mad that they have very little regard for a human being.

Carol White
Carol White

I saw the special news report on this on tv. They interviewed the workers as well as the CEO. The CEO makes a whopping salary; the workers make very little. Disabilities range, but the folks they talked to live independently and depend on their jobs, as the rest of us do, to help with living. Makes me sick that students who work part time where I work make $8 per hour or more. These Goodwill workers need to get a break.Watch the news story for details. My Mom worked till she was 80 to help...

I saw the special news report on this on tv. They interviewed the workers as well as the CEO. The CEO makes a whopping salary; the workers make very little. Disabilities range, but the folks they talked to live independently and depend on their jobs, as the rest of us do, to help with living. Makes me sick that students who work part time where I work make $8 per hour or more. These Goodwill workers need to get a break.Watch the news story for details. My Mom worked till she was 80 to help pay her living expenses, and the work she did was Hard Work. Sad statement about our country.

Alsmaoal E. AbuAli
Alsmaoal E. AbuAli

Would expect this kind of ill policy from an undeveloped oppressing government! However, to hear about it in a "civilized" country where people are treated as such, is ......

Mike Timms
Mike Timms

Are "Goodwill", as employers, not covered by The Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (Ammended 2008). The employment section of that legislation should be invoked here.

Walt Perry Jr.
Walt Perry Jr.

As someone on SS I know that there is a monthly maximum of roughly $1000 I can make before my benefits are stopped. Did anyone think that maybe some of these employees might be reaping the benefits of keeping their benefits because the pay is low enough to stay under the limit? Usually I don't question or hesitate to sign but this one might require some further insight and information.

Glenda Santoro
Glenda Santoro

Glenda Santoro I have been to these places with my son who has a disability and they dont pay you at all when you first start to work until they calculate your working capacity and they maybe lucky to earn $50.00 per week. No these people deserve better than that.. Glenda

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