• Petitioning Goodwill Industries International

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Goodwill Industries International
CEO, Goodwill Industries International
Jim Gibbons
Director of Public Relations
Lauren Lawson
Senior Public Relations Specialist
Charlene Sarmiento
Senior Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy
Seth Turner
Director of Mission Strategy
Brad Turner-Little
Chief Communications Officer & Senior Vice President, Global Affairs
Kim Zimmer
Vice President, Mission Advancement
Wendi Copeland
Director of Mission Services
Joylin Kirk
CEO, Goodwill Industries International
Jim Gibbons (CEO, Goodwill Industries International)

Goodwill Industries International: Pay Disabled Workers a Real Wage

    1. Petition by

      The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Goodwill Industries pays thousands of workers with disabilities less than minimum wage by exploiting a provision in the Fair Labor Standards Act left over from the 1930s. Sec 14 (c) allows corporations to pay people with disabilities a subminimum wage. According to Labor Department records, Goodwill pays some of its disabled workers  as low as 22, 38 and 41 cents per hour. This is wrong:  disabled workers at Goodwill deserve to be paid a living wage.

It’s not well known that Goodwill is a multibillion-dollar company whose executives make six-figure salaries. They don’t need to pay disabled people subminimum wages when salaries for the CEOs Goodwill franchises across America total more than $30 million.

Sheilia and Harold Leigland are two examples of disabled Goodwill workers who are paid less than minimum wage for their work. Both are blind and work at Goodwill in Montana hanging clothes. Sheila worked there for four years at about $3.50 an hour but was forced to quit when Goodwill lowered her pay to $2.75. Harold still works there and says Goodwill pays him less because they know he doesn’t have many other options: "We are trapped," he said.

It’s time to start paying disabled people a fair wage and Goodwill can take the lead by paying their disabled workers the minimum wage.

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    News

    1. Forbes: Does Goodwill Exploit Disabled Workers?

      Forbes covers the Autistic Self Advocacy Network's petition:

      ...Goodwill’s practices may be entirely legal, but I can only imagine how demeaning it would feel to earn $3.99 an hour. Especially an organization like Goodwill, where the mission, as one of its statement says, is “to eliminate barriers to opportunity and help people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work,” should take a hard look at its budget and come up with the funds to pay all of its 117,000 workers at least the minimum wage. That’s part of helping people live up to their potential.

      Read the full story here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/07/30/does-goodwill-industries-exploit-disabled-workers/

      Does Goodwill Industries Exploit Disabled Workers?

      A Goodwill worker in Sioux Falls, S.D. For Sheila Leigland, a blind Goodwill employee in Great Falls, Montana, earning $3.99 an hour was already tough. But when the Rockville, Md.-based nonprofit wanted to cut her salary to $2.75, she decided it was time to quit. "I want to be paid a [...]

    2. Reached 150,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @socialbizorg

    Aug 05, 2013

    RT @Change “I shop and donate to .@GoodwillIntl, but will stop until it changes it's way of paying disabled workers.” http://t.co/KwbUvYoEFC

    Social Business Org
    8.59k followers

    @WorkersCongress

    Jul 31, 2013

    Goodwill Industries pays thousands of workers with disabilities less than minimum wage! Demand them to stop! http://t.co/PKs5CQ8LZ5

    UnitedWrkrsCongress
    112 followers

    @aneeman

    Jul 27, 2013

    Goodwill Industries International: Pay Disabled Workers a Real Wage https://t.co/9cfqfqUIIS via @change

    Ari Ne'eman
    3.16k followers

    @NFB_voice

    Jul 23, 2013

    Help us stop @GoodwillIntl from paying its disabled workers subminimum wages by signing the @Change petition: http://t.co/Vm3D9efNqh

    NFB
    3.74k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Peter Flood BELLEVILLE, MI
      • 6 days ago

      They deserve a living wage.

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    • 'Carl Vega ADELPHIA, NJ
      • 10 days ago

      Everyone is entitled to a fair compensation, decent housing, food and medical services. Specially the disabled who are working!!!

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    • Julia post HENDERSONVILLE, TN
      • 12 days ago

      Every working person deserves to be paid at least minimum wage.

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    • John Hathorn SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • 13 days ago

      Everyone deserves the minimum wage and to not be treated as second class citizens.

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    • Clarice Lawrence BATON ROUGE, LA
      • 14 days ago

      Workers with disabilities deserve to be paid as well as non-disabled workers. It is only fair and the right thing to do especially for an organization who says its mission is to help people in need reach their full potential.

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