Just a few days after my snarky commentary on the price point strategy employed by Goodwill Industries, I received a text from my mother, alerting me to the fact that Brian Williams’ show “Rock Center” was airing an expose regarding the wages paid to Goodwill workers.
Due to a loophole in the minimum wage laws, Goodwill is able to pay handicapped workers as little as 22 CENTS per hour (this means that the sale of two pairs of DONATED jeans would pay for an entire WEEK of work for one of these workers!), while Goodwill executives make salaries such as 440,000 per year, up to 1.1 million dollars per year. To make matters worse, Goodwill’s CEO went on record in an interview defending the practice. I am more than outraged, I am disturbed and disgusted.
Goodwill turned a PROFIT of OVER $5,000,000,000.00…that’s right…Five BILLION dollars!!!!
Yet they can’t see fit to pay their workers even minimum wage? For shame.
Workers at Apple’s Chinese “sweatshop” factory make $1.73 per hour. What does this say about an organization which purports to help the disadvantaged?
Your Goodwill donations: Helping to exploit the handicapped since 1902.
Here’s a quote from Goodwill Industries:
“As a unique hybrid called a social enterprise, we defy traditional distinctions. Instead of a single bottom line of profit, we hold ourselves accountable to a triple bottom line of people, planet, and performance.”
I have one non-word for you Goodwill: Pfffft!
Here’s the thing. I’m a gal who believes in the capitalist system. Supply and demand, work hard, make the best of what you have, etc. But THIS? No. Just because it’s legal, doesn’t make it right.
“Goodwill” my a@#.
Viva la revolucion,
p.s. Write a letter, send an email, make a phone call, stage a protest or at LEAST share this post or send the link to anyone you know who shops at Goodwill.
p.p.s. Please excuse me while I now step down from my soapbox. Jokes and general snarkiness to resume on my next post. :p