[Nfbmo] Good Will Protest Kansas City/Johnson County
r.polk1 at sbcglobal.net
Tue Aug 28 14:15:09 UTC 2012
The Kansas City Chapter and the Johnson County, Kansas Chapter completed a successful and positive Good Will Informational Protest on Saturday. KMBZ (980) Radio Station reported on the event on Monday, August 27 as well as other Media sources. A great big Thank you to all who participated and worked hard in this serious effort. Please read the Press Release below and enjoy.
Thanks, Ruby Polk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Contact: Susan Stanzel, President
National Federation of the Blind of Kansas – Johnson County
slstanzel at kc.rr.com
National Federation of the Blind protests the Unfair, Discriminatory, and Immoral practice of paying subminimum wages to workers with disabilities.
The National Federation of the Blind will be holding informational protests at Goodwill Stores across the country on Saturday August 25, 2012 from 11:00-1:00 local time. Our local affiliates of the National Federation of the Blind on both sides of the state line will hold an informational protest from 11:00-1:00 Saturday August 25, 2012 in front of the Goodwill Thrift Store located at 8929 Wornal Road, Kansas City, MO 64114.
Our purpose is to promote public awareness of the unfair, discriminatory, and immoral practice of paying subminimum wages to workers with disabilities. Some Goodwill-affiliated agencies pay their workers with disabilities at least the federal minimum wage, but 64 of the 165 Goodwill-affiliated agencies choose to degrade and limit the vocational potential of their workers with disabilities by paying them pennies per hour. Some workers are paid as low as 22 cents an hour.
Given the proper training and opportunities, disabled person’s can and do work in jobs that pay at least the federal minimum wage and more. Denying disabled workers the federal minimum wage is unfair, and paying the CEO of Goodwill Industries a six-figure salary while paying disabled workers pennies an hour is immoral and unconscionable! The National Federation of the Blind urges people not to donate or buy from Goodwill or thrift stores associated with Goodwill until Goodwill adopts a responsible corporate policy to pay its workers with disabilities at least the federal minimum wage.
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.
Ruby J. Polk
Braille Skills of Kansas City
Essential For The Twenty-First Century
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