[Ohio-talk] goodwill protest

Carol purplecakers at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 27 20:06:52 UTC 2012


Yes those who did not participate, did miss a great opportunity to share with others & meet new supporters of the action we are seeking. I must say I was a bit hesitant about advising people to boycott Goodwill. However, I was able to talk to another mother whose disabled son had received some positive services from the entity & I am happy for him. The mother was not aware of the facts outside of Ohio & was happy to take a few fliers to share & research the website for more information. Another gentleman & his passenger wanted to share the info with some others because they were aware of other unfair actions to employees of Goodwill.  In the end, although it was hot & I got a sunburn, it was a worthy experience!  Too bad not mote people chose to be active in this informational opportunity. We too, used the sidewalk, so not to in any way disturb the business and keep it non confrontational. Well done! 
Carol

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On Aug 27, 2012, at 1:00 PM, "Barbara Pierce" <bPierce at oberlin.net> wrote:

> The great thing about this informational picket was that it did not take or
> need a lot of people. It was not confrontational because we were standing on
> the public sidewalk, and Goodwill had nothing to say about whether or not we
> were allowed to be in the area. These demonstrations build friendships and
> commitment to our cause--in this case the injustice of disabled people's
> receiving a pittence and calling it a job or job training. Those who did not
> answer the call missed a great experience.
> 
> Barbara 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Eric Duffy
> Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 12:50 PM
> To: 'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] goodwill protest
> 
> I want to thank those chapters that participated Saturday. Going into the
> day, I thought we would have five demonstrations. As it turns out, we only
> had three. I understand that we had one chapter cancel because their wasn't
> enough interest on the part of the membership. Columbus did it with three
> members, and Lorain with right around that number. It is my understanding
> that one chapterthat was scheduled  to participate actually asked the
> Goodwill location for permission, and to kno one's surprise Goodwill said
> no!! 
> 
> Why other chapters decided not to participate at all is perplexing to me,
> but when the National organization asks us to participate in an effort such
> as this, we can not view the call to action as a plate of cookies from which
> we can decide to partake or not. Our willingness to unite and take conserted
> action has made us the strong organization we are today.
> 
> Eric
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Barbara Pierce
> Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 8:17 AM
> To: 'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] goodwill protest
> 
> We picketed the Elyria store. The manager at the Drugmart next door asked us
> to stay on the Goodwill side. But his customers read our signs anyway and
> took our leaflets when they came our way. We decided that the results were
> worth our effort. We engaged a number of folks in discussion. The level of
> incomprehension was pretty great, and some people went away thinking badly
> of Goodwill but still of the opinion that sheltered workers who produce at
> half the rate of compepitive workers  should reasonably receive half the
> minimum wage. I did not feel that we could go into mismatched skills, falty
> equipment, and poor material delivery complicate the issue. But we did
> spread the word. I think Goodwill must have instructed employees not to
> engage with us. At least no one ever came out to talk.
> 
> Barbara
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> Behalf Of Jerry Purcell
> Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2012 4:45 PM
> To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
> Subject: [Ohio-talk] goodwill protest
> 
> Good afternoon,
>      The Cuyahoga and cleveland chapters met at the Goodwill store in
> Cleveland.  We had a really good response with the people we spoke with.
> Most of them were shocked that the practice of subminimum wage payments was
> being practiced with companies like goodwill.  Hopefully we opened a lot of
> eyes today.  I'm curious how the rest of the state chapters did.
> 
>            Thank you Jerry
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