[Nfbmo] Fwd: NFB responds to Goodwill Industries defense of payingsubminimum wages
GWunder at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 12 17:31:06 UTC 2012
Good note Dan, and what is more significant is your move to go beyond those
who will agree and to speak to those who otherwise will not hear or will
hear from someone else.
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Of DanFlasar at aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:20 AM
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Hi everybody - I sent this message to all my non-NFB friends today -
thought you mnight be interested.
As you know, I am very involved in civil rights issues for the disabled.
Generally, these issues are non-partisan - we usually can count on
supporters from both sides of the aisle. Please accept this note as
One of the major issues for blind and disabled workers - in addition to
high unemployment - has been the exploitation of a loophole in the Fair
Standards Act to allow workers w/ disabilities to be paid subminimum wage.
Given that the minimum wage itself is barely enough to pay for living
expenses, and given that living and transportation expenses for the disabled
are generally much higher than the non-disabled, this practice places an
increasingly difficult burden for these workers. This year a consortium of
organizations - including the NFB - proposed changes to the Fair Labor Act
eliminate this practice. Training programs, which aim to provide work
experiences to the disabled with a stipend payment would not be affected.
Goodwill Industries has resisted this effort. There is a link to their
response to the NFB's call for a boycott of Goodwill with a nonspecific PR
statement that does not address the heart of the issues (see link below).
_a statement issued by Goodwill Industries International, Inc.,_
As the story details below, Goodwill has refused to speak with the NFB and
other organizations of disabled
workers about these issues.
We all know Goodwill and we probably all contribute to them. I certainly
do and know they provide rare chances for training and employment for many
people. However, their attempts to prevent changes to the Fair Employment
to provide minimum wage to their disabled employees tarnishes their
reputation. It is important that they engage these organizations in 'good
National Federation of the Blind Responds to
Goodwill Statement on Sub minimum Wages
Baltimore, Maryland (June 11, 2012): _The National Federation of the
Blind_ (http://www.nfb.org/) (NFB) today responded to _a statement issued
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.,_
its payment of sub minimum wages to workers with disabilities.
_Dr. Marc Maurer_ (http://www.nfb.org/marc-maurer-bio) , President of the
_National Federation of the Blind_
(http://www.facebook.com/NationalFederationoftheBlind) , said: "Goodwill
frames its opposition to _fair wages for
workers with disabilities_ (http://www.nfb.org/fair-wages) in terms of
choice. Goodwill wants the publicand in particular its own employees
disabilitiesto believe that the only choice that Americans with
disabilities have is between receiving subminimum wages or receiving no
all. This is a false choice based on inaccurate and self-serving propaganda
put out by Goodwill and _other subminimum-wage exploiters. _
(http://www.dol.gov/whd/specialemployment/CRPlist.htm) The reality is that
disabilities are not limited to the false choice presented by the industry
that exploits them. Workers with even the most severe disabilities can and
do engage in competitive employment every day. The way to lower the high
unemployment rate among workers with disabilities is to enhance and expand
existing programsand to create new onesthat help them to find and
maintain competitive employment, not to exploit them in subminimum-wage
sweatshops. These sweatshops proclaim by their policies and behavior to the
public, to other employers, and to the employees themselves that the
aren't good enough to be regular employees earning real wages in regular
business. Disabled Americans reject this false and misleading
Goodwill issued its statement in response to an inquiry from WUSA, the CBS
television affiliate in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Washington, D.C. WUSA made
the inquiry in
es-Less-than-Minimum-Wage) on _the NFB's call for a boycott
of Goodwill Industries_
ies) , which was issued last week after repeated
attempts to meet with Goodwill officials. NFB representatives were
on camera and, along with the WUSA reporter, sought to speak with Goodwill'
s president and chief executive officer, but Goodwill declined a meeting
or to be interviewed on camera.
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