[nfbmi-talk] blind students picket goodwill
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Thu Aug 30 01:21:27 UTC 2012
I just asked my volunteer to put this article on NFBNewsline local channel.
Give him some time before you look for it. He may be out of town because I
could not get him tonight.
Thanks Joe for the article. It is a good article .
Hey, Joe give Newsline a chance. Try it, you'll like it.
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Blind students picket Goodwill
Jige Kanshin, a blind Zen Buddhist monk, leads a picket line in front of a
Denver Goodwill store Aug. 25. Staff and students from Littleton's Colorado
for the Blind joined 50 or so other groups around the nation in an effort to
call attention to what they say are Goodwill's discriminatory wage
Photo by Jennifer Smith
Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:26 pm | Updated: 2:28 pm, Tue Aug 28,
Blind students picket Goodwill
jsmith at ourcoloradonews.com
Community Media of Colorado |
Staff and students from Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton have
taken part in a national effort to protest what they call Goodwill
The National Federation of the Blind and nearly 50 other organizations
marched in support of the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act on
which would phase out a 75-year-old provision of the Fair Labor Standards
Act that permits special certificate holders to pay subminimum wages to
“Taking advantage of a loophole in the law is nothing more than greed,” said
Jige Kanshin, a blind Zen Buddhist monk who participated in the protest
with a few dozen others at the Goodwill retail outlet at 21 S. Broadway in
More than 80 such protests were organized throughout the country after NFB
obtained documents indicating Goodwill employees with disabilities were paid
as little as 22 cents an hour.
“Goodwill Industries is one of the most well-known charitable organizations
in the United States, but most members of the general public are unaware
Goodwill exploits people with disabilities,” Marc Maurer, president of the
National Federation of the Blind, said in a statement.
“Given its lucrative retail operations and the fact that it can lavish
half-a-million dollars on the salary of its president and chief executive
Goodwill is certainly in a position to stop exploiting its workers with
disabilities,” he continued. “We are calling upon all Americans to refuse to
business with Goodwill Industries, to refuse to make donations to the
subminimum-wage exploiter and to refuse to shop in its retail stores until
true leadership and sound moral judgment by fairly compensating all of its
workers with disabilities.”
Employees of the Broadway Goodwill briefly emerged from the store to hand
out a statement from the company.
“Every Goodwill retail-store employee is paid at or above minimum wage,
including those with disabilities,” it reads.
“For more than 90 years, Goodwill has been providing employment tools for
people with a broad range of disabilities, including the most significant
to enter the workforce,” the statement continued. “Providing a safe and
nurturing environment for people with employment challenges to reach their
potential is what we do at Goodwill. Goodwill looks for ways in which people
can maximize their productivity and move into competitive integrated
James Gashel, spokeman for the picketers, noted the statement doesn’t say
anything about employees who don’t work in the retail stores but perhaps in
warehouses or in janitorial services, for instance.
“This idea of the subminimum wage is just wrong, and the public needs to
know about it,” said Gashel.
Littleton City Councilor Bruce Stahlman is the chief financial officer of
Arc Thrift Stores and says his company pays all hourly workers minimum wage
“Our goal is to treat everyone the same, and that’s what we do,” he said.
“It’s the culture of our organization. As a parent of twins with
disabilities, I certainly respect members of (NFB) utilizing their right to
stand up for something they feel strongly about.”
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