Monday, June 24, 2013

Goodwill creating jobs, not the right way, but trying

I was watching 60 minutes  the other night and they were investigating Goodwill corporation.  60 minutes was ripping apart Goodwill for not paying their employees with disabilities at least minimum wage.  Now by no means do I agree that these workers should be paid below minimum wage, but what about these other businesses that are not hiring those with disabilities?  At least Goodwill is teaching them a trade and providing them some financial means at the job.  This is by no means slave labor, these workers are sorting clothes running a register with another employee close by or putting clothes on a rack.  What about the GAP or Burger King just to name a few hiring those with disabilities?  Why isnt 60 minutes investigating these companies that are not even hiring those with disabilities?  Again I do think that these employees should be paid minimum wage, but at least Goodwill provides jobs for those with disabilities.

1 comment:

  1. I think I get where you're coming from. I think that what you're saying is...why are you coming down so hard on the companies actually doing SOMEthing...when there are companies doing nothing?!

    Correct me if I have it wrong.

    They're both wrong. But any time you start your defense of some social injustice with the phrase..."Hey, at least they're (insert social injustice that is less socially unjust than other comparison)" then you're heading down the wrong path.

    Like...Maybe one facility provides shock therapy and restraints to special needs patients with autism and another only does 60 minutes comes in and does a special saying...dude, what you're doing is wrong, but the response is, "Hey, at least they're only restraining them...they COULD be shocking AND restraining them!"


    Maybe they're picking on Goodwill because of Goodwill's mission statement..."Goodwill® works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work."

    That's a pretty tall order. So for them to say "We do THIS" but then do "THAT"'s news.