Friday, December 27, 2013

Goodwill Industries And The Law

I stated in the comments section of yesterday's post by The Big Guy that the Goodwill Industries CEO "takes home millions".  I was wrong.  There is not actually a CEO of Goodwill Industries.  Each regional or local branch of Goodwill has their own CEO.  None of them is taking home millions.  For instance, the CEO of Goodwill Industries Southern California makes $507,898; the CEO of Goodwill San Diego makes $282,295; the CEO of Goodwill Suncoast Inc. in FL makes $440, 197.

Probably nobody would pay attention to those numbers if Goodwill were not exploiting over 7,000 disabled workers nationwide.  By using Section 14C of the Federal labor laws, a loophole created during the Depression, Goodwill can pay thousands of disabled workers at subminimum wage.  It's perfectly legal.  Some workers make as little as $.22 an hour.  Goodwill argues that wages are constantly audited and are tied to productivity; the most severely disabled workers are the least productive and are paid the least.  Goodwill further argues that without the wage exemption these disabled people would not have jobs at all.

That's probably true, but why is it that there are no productivity standards for those making minimum wage?  If Goodwill can pay the six figure salaries it pays at the CEO level I would think they could pay at least minimum wage to their disabled employees.  Did I mention that Goodwill also doesn't pay any taxes?  Congress could fix this, but as usual, has chosen to do nothing.


Peruby said...

I had a relative who worked at Good Will. She was in management. She was dismayed at the practices and quit her job. She said a lot of shady stuff goes on in that establishment.

kden said...

Well that was quite the eye opener, sadly.

GMoney said...

Congress doesn't do anything for issues that people actually care about. They sure aren't going to do anything about this as sad as it is.