You read it when you're looking through craigslist and happen to stumble upon the non-profit jobs section and find a Help Wanted ad which says "Campaign Jobs to Ban Plastic Bags," "Campaign Jobs to Protect the Environment," "Summer Jobs to Fight Childhood Obesity! $9.00-14/hour! Apply Now!" These political jobs are from The Fund for the Public Interest Research. What isn't mentioned in these ads are the way this organization treats their young college staffers, the 80 hour work weeks, 7 days a week for $300 per week (that's $3.75 per hour, far less than the minimum wage). Because of the high stress and very low pay the turnover rate at these jobs are notoriously high, with the average career lasting two weeks. And the Fund misleads applicants into thinking this is a campaign job when the actual job consists of standing in front of a store, such as Target or Trader Joe's, badgering customers who are exiting the store into giving them money. That is not a job, that's panhandling. It would be nice if there was an organization which fights for progressive social change but The Fund for the Public Interest Research is not it. The Fund is a fraudulent company peddling false hope to people trying to get their money.
Craigslist already has rules against scam jobs being advertised on their site and it's high time they enforce their own rules. Please sign this petition to urge craigslist to disallow The Fund for the Public Interest Research from advertising on their website.