Goodwill suddenly shutters 16 Toronto area stores amid employee protests
Workers at Goodwill in the Toronto area are furious after the abrupt closure of 16 stores, 10 donation centers and two offices this Sunday.
|David Williams is an example of an employee who chose to work for Goodwill when he could have stayed on disability due to suffering from scoliosis since the age of 12. He could just have stayed home and watched TV as he put. Instead, he has worked at Goodwill for the last 19 years. Just as the 80-year old charity intended, it provided him with an identity and purpose. He said of his colleagues at Goodwill Scarborough: "We're a family."|
“Despite our best efforts, employees will not be paid on Friday as part of the regular pay cycle. However, Goodwill will be in a position to update all employees about the date of payroll deposits and the issuance of records of employments on Monday January 25, 2016."Not everyone will lose their job:
Although the organization’s board has resigned, Nakamura — who was fired from her role as head of Toronto Community Housing after a spending scandal in 2011 — said Monday she would stay on as its head.In explaining why she stayed on Nakamura said: "I have a duty as the CEO for this organization to ensure I do the diligence in the best interest of this organization." Nakamura earns quite a bit more than the average Goodwill worker even though the workers are unionized:
Nakamura’s annual salary is over $200,000 a year and the organization receives more than $4 million a year in government assistance.
"The 450 workers are now suddenly without jobs, which is devastating on its own. But Goodwill stores also help a lot of low-income people with community programming and affordable shopping. We need to get these stores open and our members back on the job."Goodwill Industries operates 165 independent community-based organizations in Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, the US, Canada, and eight other countries. In 2014 it had $5.37 billion U.S. in revenues.