[Nfbc-info] FW: [nfbsc] FW: [Chapter-presidents] Letter to the Editor

Eric Calhoun eric at pmpmail.com
Wed Jul 18 05:43:37 CDT 2012

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Subject: [nfbsc] FW: [Chapter-presidents] Letter to the Editor
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Steve and Shannon Cook
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Subject: [Chapter-presidents] Letter to the Editor



The following is a copy of a letter to the editor submitted by one of our
members in response to a Goodwill article.  As you can tell by the tone of
the letter, Goodwill continues to try to understate or dismiss the use of
the Special Wage Certificates they use to pay their workers with
disabilities subminimum wages.  Feel free to use the language in this
response to draft comments to your local papers.


July 12, 2012


Dear Editor:


                Your article "Goodwill Good for Economy" failed to
that the Rappahannock Goodwill Industries and other Goodwill affiliates
the United States are allowed to pay their workers with disabilities less
than the federal minimum wage.  This practice is legal because these
nonprofits receive special wage certificates from the U.S. Department of
Labor under an obscure, seventy-five-year-old provision of the Fair Labor
Standards Act.  But the fact that something is legal doesn't make it
and the practice of paying less than minimum wage to workers just because
they have a disability is unfair, discriminatory, and immoral.  I would
readers to find a more worthy recipient of their donations than Goodwill
until all of its affiliates stop this practice, and to call their
congressional representatives and ask them to support the Fair Wages for
Workers with Disabilities Act (H.R. 3086).  That's certainly what I plan




Michael Kasey








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