this NBC report distressing and discouraging.
The expressed mission of this $5 billion industry, employing 110,000 workers in the U.S., is to provide jobs for those who either have a disability that prevents other work or people who simply can't find jobs elsewhere.
The total employment includes 7,000-8,000 disabled workers, according to the report, and some of Goodwill's workers make less than minimum wage. Far less than minimum wage. Twenty-two cents an hour in at least one case. Goodwill and organizations like it are exempt from the minimum wage requirements at the federal level, but its executives often make half a million a year or more.
All of this gives me pause as I bundle up the next round of toss-outs, items with a lot of life left in them that could be profitable for GWLtd, as I have come to call Goodwill. I'd love to see a culture change that treated people fairly. Not even Walmart pays its people this little and puts a stopwatch on their work, timing them.
Maybe it's time to start thinking of the Rescue Mission or the Salvation Army in Roanoke as more worthy of my support. I know the people who run the Mission and I am confident they'd never dream of paying a worker 22 cents an hour or putting a stopwatch on their work. Taking part in their religious services is required to get help, but I can stomach that if it's all that's available ... and sometimes it is.