[tabi] FW: National Federation of the Blind Urges Boycott of Goodwill Industries

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2012 17:52:14 -0400

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Chris Danielsen, Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281(Cell)
cdanielsen@xxxxxxx
 
National Federation of the Blind Urges Boycott of Goodwill Industries
Condemns Practice of Paying Subminimum Wages to Workers with
DisabilitiesBaltimore, Maryland (June 7, 2012): 
The  <http://www.nfb.org/> National Federation of the Blind (NFB), one of
the oldest and largest organizations of Americans with disabilities, today
called for a boycott of Goodwill Industries International, Inc., the
nonprofit manufacturer and retailer, for its payment of subminimum wages to
many of its workers with disabilities.  Freedom of information requests
filed by the NFB confirmed that Goodwill Industries employees have been paid
as low as $1.44 an hour.  The NFB and over
<http://nfb.org/Images/nfb/documents/word/HR_3086_Support_List_2.doc>
forty-five other organizations support legislation, the Fair
<http://nfb.org/Images/nfb/SI/Fair%20Wages%20for%20Workers%202012.pdf> Wages
for Workers with Disabilities Act (H.R. 3086), which would phase out and
then repeal the nearly seventy-five-year-old provision of the Fair Labor
Standards Act that permits special certificate
<http://www.dol.gov/whd/specialemployment/CRPlist.htm> holders to pay
subminimum wages to workers with disabilities. 

 

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind
<http://www.twitter.com/nfb_voice> , said: "Goodwill Industries is one of
the most well-known and lucrative charitable organizations in the United
States, yet it chooses to pay its workers with disabilities less than the
federal minimum wage.  While this practice is currently legal and many
entities engage in it, many other nonprofit organizations have successfully
transitioned to paying their employees the minimum wage or higher.  That
Goodwill Industries exploits many of its workers in this way is ironic,
because its president and chief executive officer is blind.  Goodwill cannot
credibly argue that workers with disabilities are incapable of doing
productive work while paying its blind CEO over half a million dollars a
year.  Goodwill should be ashamed of such blatant hypocrisy.   We are
calling upon all Americans to refuse to do business with Goodwill
Industries, to refuse to make donations to the subminimum-wage exploiter,
and to refuse to shop in its retail stores until it exercises true
leadership and sound moral judgment by fairly compensating its workers with
disabilities."

 

For more information on this critically important issue, please visit
www.nfb.org/fairwages. 

 

 



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About the National Federation of the Blind

 

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the
largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the
United States.   The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy,
education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and
self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the blindness field today and
the voice of the nation's blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and
training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.



 

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