Monday, July 29, 2013

Where is the Good in Goodwill?

From their website Goodwill writes… ‘Goodwill® services are designed to meet the diverse needs of youth, seniors, veterans and military families, immigrants, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs. We are committed to helping you earn a living and improve your life. A career can enable you to achieve your dreams. So you have what you need to start your career, we begin by understanding your goals and building on your strengths.’ I’m sure this paragraph has some truth to it, but it may be a little difficult to swallow for those living with disabilities.'

Goodwill is not well known for being a multi-billion dollar company whose executives make six-figure salaries. However, it appears they pay less than minimum wage to individuals with disabilities who go through their program. In an NBC News report some local Goodwill agencies may be using Special Minimum Wage Certificates.

According to the United States Department of Labor, Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act authorizes employers, after receiving a certificate from the Wage and Hour Division, to pay special minimum wages - wages less than the Federal minimum wage - to workers who have disabilities for the work being performed.

If their first value is ‘Respect,’ meaning they treat all people with dignity and respect, then, where is the dignity and respect in paying disabled people sub-minimum wages when salaries for the CEO's Goodwill franchises across America total more than $30 million? 

So where is the good in Goodwill? I guess this would be determined by your own personal experience with them and whether or not you choose to support them or not. For me and based on my own personal experience with Goodwill, I choose not to support them.