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*** UPDATED x7 *** $170K Goodwill director lays off low wage workers citing minimum wage law that doesn’t apply, but son makes $96K

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019

* Mark Maxwell

An iconic nonprofit thrift store is crying poor in the face of looming payroll increases, and it is announcing plans to layoff disabled employees in order to take on the extra cost.

However, the 501(c)(3) organization pays no taxes, collects state funding, was awarded state contracts, and has special permission from the federal government to pay disabled workers well below the minimum wage floor.

Sharon Durbin, President and Chief Executive Officer at Land of Lincoln Goodwill, told dozens of disabled thrift store workers they would no longer receive a paycheck as a result of the state’s new minimum wage increase, and she warns future job cuts could still be coming to the last 11 remaining disabled employees still on the payroll.

Durbin runs the Central Illinois nonprofit branch that oversees 15 retail locations and more than 450 total employees. She wrote about “upcoming changes to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program” in a letter dated June 14th. Her letter said the program “is funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services,” but the funding “does not cover all of the significant costs of the program.”

The abrupt shift not only comes as disappointing news to dozens of disabled workers in the area, including some who live in group homes without their parents, but it also threatens to weaken the core promise of Goodwill’s mission statement. […]

Durbin’s son, Brian Durbin, was hired onto the Executive Leadership team and makes an annual salary of $95,747 at the nonprofit. […]

Durbin acknowledged that her group already pays the sub-minimum rate for 27 of 50 disabled workers, however, inexplicably, she says the nonprofit is “progressing away from that.” The federal formula requires employers to pay disabled workers based on a productivity scale at a rate commensurate with the work they complete. […]

The organization’s 990 tax documents from 2018 reveal Durbin takes home an annual salary of $164,849 plus another $6,145 in benefits.

Go read the whole thing.

*** UPDATE 1 *** Looks like a deputy governor and a powerful state Senator are quite displeased…



*** UPDATE 2 *** Another legislator…



Senate Majority Leader…



*** UPDATE 3 *** Ruh-roh…


*** UPDATE 4 *** This info was also posted in comments earlier today…



*** UPDATE 5 *** I followed up and was told that a committee hearing “is something we are currently reviewing”…

News that Land of Lincoln Goodwill in Springfield is laying off dozens of workers with disabilities without a valid explanation is drawing concern from State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield).

“It is disheartening that Goodwill would use false excuses to terminate the employment of reliable, hardworking staff with disabilities in Illinois,” Morrison said.

Morrison – who is chair of the Senate Human Services Committee and founder of the Special Needs Caucus – passed a series of measures this year aimed at increasing state employment of individuals with disabilities, all aimed at breaking down the barriers to employment.

Sharon Durbin, the President and Chief Executive Officer at Land of Lincoln Goodwill in Springfield, communicated to laid off employees the reason for their job loss was due to the state’s recent enactment of a minimum wage increase. Because they hire workers with disabilities, however, Goodwill is permitted by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay these workers below the minimum wage. In addition, the first increase in Illinois’ minimum wage will not take effect until January 1, 2020.

According to a recent WCIA report, Sharon Durbin’s salary at Land of Lincoln Goodwill is more than $160,000.

In 2018, Goodwill received nearly $400,000 in state grants and contracts solely to be used for workers with disabilities.

“What are these contracts going toward if not for the employment of individuals with disabilities?” Morrison said. “That is something we will be looking into. We need Goodwill to return to its mission of working to lift up those experiencing barriers to employment, especially those with disabilities.”

*** UPDATE 6 *** WMAY’s Jim Leach

This afternoon on the show: we were scheduled to talk to the CEO of the local Goodwill as a firestorm erupts about their decision to cut jobs for disabled people, but we were told moments ago that she’s now unavailable.

*** UPDATE 7 *** From Kathy Carmody, CEO of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities…

Community agencies across Illinois that support people with disabilities have had to work vigorously to develop creative and mission-driven solutions to the challenges we face in providing quality and essential services. While the pending long-overdue increase in minimum wage will have a significant fiscal impact on all social service organizations, directly impacting the very people we exist to serve should be the last place an organization goes to balance its ledger.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

103 Comments
  1. - Powdered Whig - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:02 am:

    Disgusting


  2. - MakePoliticsCoolAgain - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:06 am:

    This is disgusting and an absolute abuse of power. The Executive Director and son need to be investigated. The company gets tens of thousands of dollars in subsidies for hiring disabled workers but now wants to lay them off? Something stinks with this “Leadership Team” - forensic accountants and auditors need to do some investigating of their accounting practices.


  3. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:09 am:

    Well that’s not gonna fly. Every nonprofit has a governing board. Unless this one is stocked with cronies, expect heads to roll, starting with her son.


  4. - Anon - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:11 am:

    Every non-profit deals with this. The salary needs to be high enough to attract effective talent, but how high is too high?


  5. - Thomas Paine - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:11 am:

    #Badwill


  6. - lake county democrat - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:11 am:

    If I had Honeybear’s gift for poetic venom, I’d deploy it here.


  7. - Flynn's Mom - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:12 am:

    Shame on her. I hope people take their business elsewhere. What do she and her son do to generate that income on second hand clothes and household items?


  8. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:12 am:

    This is as terrible as it sounds, probably more so, since real people are being hurt, disabled people, because of this monetary decision made by those who appear to be doing quite well at the expense of others.

    More sunshine. More harsh spotlights.


  9. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:13 am:

    Looks to me like Goodwill needs a nepostism policy.


  10. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:15 am:

    Wow. This is just poor management of the situation. How can any leader of an organization implement such a tone deaf idea.?


  11. - Froganon - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:15 am:

    Time for new leadership at the Goodwill. Maybe a new gig for Chance?


  12. - Bourbon Street - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:16 am:

    The good feelings I had after reading the post about Chance The Snapper quickly fled after reading this post.

    Powdered Whig said it all.


  13. - OurMagician - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:16 am:

    You have 6 years to prepare for the $15/minimum wage (which Goodwill doesn’t even have to pay at) and you’re laying off people already. Bad business but not surprising from a company who gets people to donate their stock and turn around and sell it at 100% markup no matter what the price.


  14. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:17 am:

    I don’t have a beef with her salary, Jamie Dimon made tens of millions the same year his bank took a massive government bailout and the savings and investments of hundreds of thousands of people evaporated.

    The nepotism is appalling though.

    There had to be another way to reduce costs rather than doing on the backs of the disabled.


  15. - Phenomynous - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:17 am:

    This is an effect of every other fully functional employee getting a raise. I’m curious what suggestions people have to cut overhead and payroll costs…aside from cutting the $170k directors salary, which would probably amount to peanuts in the grand scheme of the cost.

    Layoff able bodied employees? Raise the price of the items in the store?


  16. - Bemused - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:18 am:

    This is disappointing in a number of ways. Not being the kind to do yard sales, when the closets and garage get a cleaning the stuff goes to Goodwill or Habitat. You hope the money goes to a good cause and not someone’s inflated salary. Unfortunately Non-Profit does not mean nobody’s making money on the deal


  17. - DIstant watcher - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:18 am:

    Maybe the OEIG should look at those contracts to make sure state funds are being properly spent.


  18. - Steve - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:18 am:

    You’ll be hearing more of these stories in the coming years. Although, my hunch is in the for profit world it will be more a story about kiosks replacing workers .


  19. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:19 am:

    From the WCIA post-

    “It really was not a job,” she (Durbin) said. “It was a work component and through it we gave them through grace out of our budget to pay them so they had a paycheck to go home with.”

    She.Needs.To.Go.

    She has no appreciation for the work she should be doing in this non-profit world. She would be better off getting a job for herself and her son at Walmart. There, perhaps, her callousness would be better appreciated and “rewarded”.


  20. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:20 am:

    ===how high is too high?===

    When you can no longer pay disabled workers the pittance of what you make.


  21. - Waffle Fries - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:22 am:

    I almost wonder if there isnt some kind of systemic structural issues, policies, and funding that lend to these types of situations at Goodwill and other similar organizations…..

    I almost wonder if overall system funding and the fund braiding these organizations have to do to stay afloat is well past not keeping pace with cost pressures, archaic regulatory structures, rigid payment models, etc. Have not adequately evolved.

    Question the salary and nepotism if you like, but folks the entire DD system has been kept together on pennies and mission based organizations and staff. On any given day a major incident or death could happen just about anywhere in the state and then government is left with a DCFS like situation -crisis- because they didn’t respond to the needs staring it in the face.

    Anyway…


  22. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:32 am:

    Where is the Board on this? They are the ones that can fix this posthaste.


  23. - Lefty Lefty - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:33 am:

    Check this out from 3 years ago:

    https://www.sj-r.com/news/20160611/land-of-lincoln-goodwill-industries-sets-aggressive-expansion-goal

    It sounds to me like she (and her board?) want to take on Walmart. These workers she’s laying off are in the way.


  24. - illini - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:35 am:

    Over the past 3 years I have lost track of everything I have donated to Goodwill. Cleaning out my parents house and attempting to downsize and declutter myself has not been easy, but I continue to do so because I know the monies raised were used for many worthy purposes and programs. I have also been a customer looking for bargains, especially in the books and music section - can’t beat those prices.

    But this revelation is very disturbing and disheartening. Maybe it is time for me to consider other options.

    As Willy said - “More sunshine. More harsh spotlights.”


  25. - efudd - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:36 am:

    Not a religious person by any stretch, but I really hope there is a special ring in hell for people like her.


  26. - Cassandra - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:39 am:

    Annoying, not so much the salary as the nepotism. And if could find another reliable place to drop off surplus stuff I would. But Goodwill makes it so easy and they have branches all over the place. In this Marie Kondo era, they seem almost, well, indispensable.


  27. - Wylie Coyote - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:45 am:

    Salvation Army. Where your donations and their intentions are for the best.


  28. - LINK - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:46 am:

    Greed knows no boundries and the GOODWILL organization, while it says it’s a not-for-profit, certainly does not operate like, say, the Salvation Army?

    Back in college (SIU-C) I Had a teacher teach us that there are no not-for-profits for all entities have to earn something in order to survive.

    However, methinks Goodwill (at least this unit) is bordering on the extreme…


  29. - oh? - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:51 am:

    So disappointing. Never again to Goodwill.


  30. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:56 am:

    When did IPI takeover Goodwill? She seems to be straight out of the John Tillman school of management and employee relations.

    Hope someone puts the board that oversees her in the spotlight.


  31. - A Jack - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:57 am:

    I shop at Goodwill to find out of print records and CDs. One of the last times I went, the CDs were being restocked by a hard working disabled lad. He was certainly earning whatever little Goodwill was paying him. The Director needs to reconsider her decision.


  32. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:57 am:

    “Where your donations and their intentions are for the best.” Assuming “Salvation” is on your agenda.

    But seriously, seems like there are hardly any businesses/organizations we can frequent any more.


  33. - RuralJewel - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:00 am:

    As someone who has worked/volunteered with several small and large nonprofit organizations: please do your research before you give.

    I have seen one too many nonprofits run into the ground because of financial mismanagement, boards that were not providing dilligent oversight and egotistical excutive directors/CEOs who offer no guidance to the organization and act as though the organization is their own personal fiefdom/cashbox. Ask questions about the organization’s reputation and look up their annual filing status with the Secretary of State or search the Charitable Trust Database at the Illinois Attorney General. Be wary folks. Just because an organization says it serves a good cause doesn’t mean they are good stewards of your donation.

    IL Attorney General Charitable Database Search and Resources for Consumers - http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/

    IL Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Search (Includes Not-for-Profit) https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/business_services/corp.html


  34. - A State Employee Guy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:06 am:

    I don’t think her salary is the real problem here.


  35. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:07 am:

    “So disappointing. Never again to Goodwill.”

    To be clear, this is not the CEO of Goodwill. It is the CEO of the one branch of Goodwill. Trust me, the CEO of Goodwill makes way more than $170k. So don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.


  36. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:09 am:

    If you are in or near the Clinton, IL area and are looking for an alternative to GW ( who, by tha way, just opened in the old Walmart plaza), this is one of the best disability groups around.
    And, their thrift store is pretty great ( banned punctuation).

    https://encoreservices.org
    http://dewittdailynews.com/local-news/441665


  37. - MG85 - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:10 am:

    Aerosmith summed up my take on this here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-0lAhnoDlU


  38. - Don't Bloc Me In - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:11 am:

    An organization is granted 501(c)(3) status based on a mission, and is restricted from certain political activities. The board is not allowed to profit from the organization’s activities. The organization, itself, is allowed to hold assets and make a profit.

    Ms. Durbin’s actions seem to indicate the mission has been abandoned. Her focus on criticizing the minimum wage increase and suggestion the governor do something about it appear to be a slick way to do political lobbying. Maybe that’s the whole point?


  39. - Fishy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:17 am:

    It’s interesting when you look at their 990s - CEO Sharon Durbin made $134,912 in 2014 and increased to $164,849 in 2017 (current 990). CFO Ron Culves made $49,845 in 2014 and increased to $106,063 in 2017. But they can’t manage the increase in minimum wage?
    https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/370661254


  40. - pool boy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:19 am:

    Agree 100% with Wylie Coyote, Salvation Army is the better choice.


  41. - Try-4-Truth - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:25 am:

    OK, so this is personal… I’m an Executive Director of a non-profit, but I’m also the father of a disabled child.

    1.) I’m so sick and tired of non-profit executives crying poverty. Watch your money, plan, and pay attention to details. Our agency is thriving. You will NEVER hear me cry poverty. Figure it out. Period.

    2.) I’ve always been disgusted by wages of disabled people. I hire disabled employees, and pay them above minimum wage. These are humans.

    Shame on anyone who punishes employees for the raise in minimum wage. Curses to those who punish vulnerable people and treat them as political pawns.


  42. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:31 am:

    It’s infuriating on so many levels.
    Somebody asked “where is the board on this”
    The Board is onboard with it.
    They obviously approved it.
    That’s because these corporate boards are carefully chosen and cultivated.
    They are just as malignantly callous as the CEO’s.
    They should have
    non-privileged members of the board
    or like Germany, worker representatives on the board.

    I find nonprofit boards to be hives of
    callous privilege
    totally disconnected
    and even disdainful
    of those they serve.


  43. - DuPage - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:38 am:

    I will remember to never donate anything to them again.


  44. - sulla - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:40 am:

    If you can, donate your used clothing to locally-owned thrift shops. Goodwill and the Salvation Army end up shipping a ton of their non-saleable clothing overseas and this clothing ends up destabilizing the development of the 3rd world.

    Cheap second-hand American clothing wreaks havoc on the native textile industries in places like Africa. Textile industries are an important early stage of industrialization for developing economies and have historically served as a value-added bridge between agrarian economies and industrial production. Clothing sellers in developing countries will buy bales of thrift-store reject clothing from the US and then sell this stuff at a price which undercuts native-produced textiles.

    You can find a ton of info on this by doing some web searching.


  45. - Klaus VonBulow - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:41 am:

    Who are the current Board of Directors? Their website does not provide any information on who governs this woman and her son.

    In the past prominent GOP appellate judge was on the board. The board needs to be asked some questions by the media.

    Ms. Durbin has turned the organization after the previous Executive Director was arrested. The board was clueless before his demise. Board members although volunteers have a fiduciary duty regarding the organization actions.


  46. - Dog Lover - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:42 am:

    And this is why I donate to Salvation Army. Goodwill has not had any good will for a long time.


  47. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:46 am:

    I just Freecycle my old stuff. It goes directly to people who need it. I don’t get a tax break, but oh well.


  48. - Klaus VonBulow - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:47 am:

    Continued..

    If I recall many if not all of Goodwill’s disabled workers are subsidized by federal and State disability programs.


  49. - Fishy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 12:03 pm:

    @Klaus VonBulow, this link includes the Board of Directors: https://llgi.org/about/leadership/


  50. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 12:33 pm:

    Fishy, thanks for the link. I believe one of their directors probably works at the Department of Human Services as opposed to the stated “Department of Human Resources.”
    When she’s done laying off disabled workers and hiring family, maybe the local CEO can do some executive level double checking.


  51. - Lake County Mom - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 12:54 pm:

    I admit that I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to my beliefs, but once in a while someone makes such a compelling argument that it makes me reevaluate my stance on an issue.

    The topic was physician-assisted death, and all but one person involved in the conversation believed people of sound mind should be entitled to make life ending decisions.

    She was paraplegic, and her argument against PAD laws was that she was worried that the government sees disabled people as a burden, and would make life so difficult for them that suicide would seem like the only rational option.

    When I have repeated her argument, the response I get most often is “The government would never do that.”

    And yet here we are. The government allows companies to pay disabled people less than minimum wage, and in turn Goodwill has decided that they are a burden and their employment must be terminated.


  52. - Juvenal - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:02 pm:

    To the Update:

    Sure to be some questions about those state contracts when a DHS Bureau Chief is on your board of directors.


  53. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:14 pm:

    ===when a DHS Bureau Chief is on your board===

    I’ve asked him for a comment.


  54. - A State Employee Guy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:20 pm:

    Also please remember that refusing to donate to Goodwill going forward will negatively impact those who rely on Goodwill to meet their basic needs.


  55. - Employee - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:20 pm:

    This is common practice at Goodwills throughout the country. The executives at these places pay below poverty wages and make $500,000+ per year. They aren’t the only one with Illinois government-funded contracts who engage in this despicable practice.


  56. - Klaus VonBulow - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:31 pm:

    Fish, thank you for the link.

    The link also indicates an HFS (Medicaid) representive.


  57. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:46 pm:

    == Raise the price of the items in the store? ==

    They have been doing that the last several years. I still shop there but I don’t round up … and all my donations go to Salvation Army.


  58. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:53 pm:

    == Who are the current Board of Directors? ==

    Pull up their 990 … Board and Officers will be listed.


  59. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:57 pm:

    == Also please remember that refusing to donate to Goodwill going forward will negatively impact those who rely on Goodwill to meet their basic needs. ==

    There are church based alternatives most places. And most of those will provide basic clothing needs for free.


  60. - Left Leaner - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 2:13 pm:

    Please, please, please don’t let this jade people’s views of nonprofits. The vast (vast!) majority operate ethically and do so on very tight budgets. Leaders and nonprofits like this should be held to account, but they do not reflect the sector.


  61. - Tortilla Chips - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 2:16 pm:

    50 full time employees at 8.25 an hour vs 50 full time employees at $15 an hour is an increase of $702,000

    Is this just easy political points score saying disabled workers need paid more?

    Everyone saying 14c is bad. No one in the free market would pay for the special requirements needed by the employee. While the state starts these programs and doesn’t really want to pay. The state will instead pay for caretakers to take care of them somewhere else and them not working.

    How much does a CEO of a company with 450 employees usually get paid? Do you think they could find someone qualified for under 100k?


  62. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 2:20 pm:

    -Also please remember that refusing to donate to Goodwill going forward will negatively impact those who rely on Goodwill to meet their basic needs.-

    Nice concern trolling
    Goodwill doesn’t help people meet their basic needs. It is a ” is an American nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have barriers preventing them from otherwise obtaining a job.”
    Sure you can find cheap stuff there. But it’s not a food pantry or a shelter or free healthcare clinic.

    What this CEO is doing is actually going against the mandate of their raison d’etre.
    It’s acting like a profit making entity.
    Hardly 501 behavior is it.
    Cutting out the disabled/handicapped workers because
    They will soon cost too much?
    Privileged lives
    produce
    privileged behaviors
    (nepotism)
    (unnecessary layoffs for profit)

    How about the good politicians above
    challenge
    Goodwills non profit status.
    Make them prove it.


  63. - Not a Superstar - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 2:30 pm:

    Rich, you’re gonna need another update: http://twitter.com/MarkMaxwellTV/status/1151211627712339968

    Wow, just wow.


  64. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 2:33 pm:

    Oh, I forget to mention.
    I don’t care about Durbin’s salary.
    Her son’s salary is skeevie and smacks of nepotism.
    I would challenge the board on that if I thought they weren’t already corrupted.
    Cutting the disabled workers shows me all I need to know.
    National Goodwill should sack the board and the CEO.
    I don’t know if that’s how it works
    but….
    If I were national
    I’d be deploying the legal team right now.


  65. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 2:37 pm:

    And Maxwell for the win

    Goodwill Industries (national org) is gonna be on
    this like a rat on a cheetah.
    wait..wait…
    my popcorn is almost done.


  66. - Not a Superstar - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 2:37 pm:

    I was obviously too slow in my earlier post. Now for the next step: when will Durbin be recruited by ILGOP to run for office? She seems very on-brand.


  67. - I Miss Betohs - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 2:47 pm:

    A few of these people I know have to be furious as I know why they are on this board. I’m looking at you Michelle, Corey, Shannon and John.


  68. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:18 pm:

    Durbin had better cut and run. Maxwell is destroying whatever credibility remained.


  69. - JoanP - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:21 pm:

    =She explained that disabled workers are not always as efficient or as productive as a traditional employee, and the extra time and labor it takes to train and correct the mistakes of the disabled workers costs more money.=

    But, as Honeybear pointed out above, “training disabled workers” is what Goodwill is (theoretically, anyway) all about.

    This woman is a real piece of work.

    to Update#3 - why am I not surprised? Perhaps she should wander over to the Boycott Du Quoin State Fair Facebook page. I’m sure she’d feel right at home.


  70. - Don't Bloc Me In - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:22 pm:

    All of this-hiring her son, her statements, the decisions being made-ultimately rests with the board.

    Boards supervise, vote, have the final say.


  71. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:24 pm:

    To all the updates,

    The only goodwill now would be both Durbins resign from their positions at this Goodwill. Nothing less will suffice.

    It’s that bad.


  72. - Tortilla Chips - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:30 pm:

    Even if she resigns it’s not going to fix the upcoming issues with 14c, min wage, and drs programs. Expect this to be widespread soon.


  73. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:32 pm:

    Here’s hoping Ms. Durbin suffers the same fate as those she stopped paying.


  74. - Stumpy's bunker - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:33 pm:

    If things don’t work out for her, revelations of her actions and views would seem to indicate that she qualifies for Conductor on the eastern bloc crazy train, or possibly “workers’ rights advocate” at the IPI.


  75. - Tommydanger - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:38 pm:

    $165k + $96k - dozens of disabled workers + Facebook postings = -2 Employed Durbins (by the end of the week)


  76. - Just Me 2 - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:40 pm:

    I had a snarky comment regarding Members of the General Assembly complaining about nepotism but decided I didn’t want to get banned, so I’ll just say that this is the type of minimum wage increase “sad story” that the proponents of the increase have been waiting for.


  77. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:43 pm:

    Rich, I imagine some days must be so satisfying for you.
    Some days you bring the heat. Like today
    and cause change.
    Some days you bring relief. Like the gofundme pages.
    and cause change.
    Some days you shine a light on the cockroaches.
    And they get squished.

    Thanks Rich


  78. - Soccermom - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:48 pm:

    Tortilla — two points.

    a) are you sure all of those folks are full-time?
    b) It’s a $26.5 million operation. $700k ain’t hay, but it’s not crushing either


  79. - JT - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:51 pm:

    Her, her son, and the Board must go if anyone is to ever trust this organization again.


  80. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:53 pm:

    This afternoon on the show: we were scheduled to talk to the CEO of the local Goodwill as a firestorm erupts about their decision to cut jobs for disabled people, but we were told moments ago that she’s now unavailable.

    Perhaps she is too busy deleting her social media accounts or at least some of her posts.


  81. - A guy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:59 pm:

    This is sickening. May I humbly suggest that the clothing items people may be giving to GW be passed along instead to the local St.Vincent DePaul Societies in many local churches? There are no salaries there and their work is generally hyper-local.
    And other worthy places of course. Find one.


  82. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 3:59 pm:

    So I went to the land of Lincoln Goodwill website. There’s a pic of a worker with Downs Syndrome. It reminded me of when I worked with a great guy with Downs during college. I worked for the food service at NU all 4 years. For a few months Bill worked in the dishroom. He was a hard worker and very proud of his job. I used to take my break and grab a quick meal at the same time that the wash crew had their meal break. So I had the privilege of getting to know him. He was sweetness personified. Always positive, never complained.

    I can’t imagine the callousness necessary
    to deny a loving soul like Bill
    his hard earned paycheck.
    The thought of it fills me
    with rage

    Think for a second about an alternately abled person you know.

    Now imagine saying to them.
    Business profit is more important to me than you.
    Try it
    I dare you


  83. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:01 pm:

    Again, what do area GOP pols think? Rep. Davidsmeyer? Rep. Murphy? Sen. McCLure? Sen. Brady? Rep. Bourne? Tick-tock…


  84. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:02 pm:

    ===Rep. Davidsmeyer? Rep. Murphy? Sen. McCLure? Sen. Brady? Rep. Bourne?===

    I’m sure if they want to be heard, we’d hear them.

    I’ll wait.


  85. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:08 pm:

    Rep. Davidsmeyer? Rep. Murphy? Sen. McCLure? Sen. Brady? Rep. Bourne

    Profit Supremacists


  86. - Nanker Phelge - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:10 pm:

    Durbin said the effect of the law will add over $2 million in cost over the next five years. let’s assume that is an accurate work-up and let’s just say it is $2M. That is $400K a year. Cutting her son doesn’t take care of the problem. Cutting her salary in half doesn’t take care of the problem. How many people criticizing her and pointing out her salary would take that job for half the pay (and be qualified for the job)?


  87. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:13 pm:

    Goodwill Industries’ media relations team today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M9cgP2cIZk


  88. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:17 pm:

    - Honeybear -

    With respect,

    Call them out, sure, give them a moment to respond.

    Social media can be slow, no snark.

    Thanks.


  89. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:19 pm:

    ===I’m sure if they want to be heard, we’d hear them.

    I’ll wait.===

    I’m sure they’re crafting a carefully worded statement. /s


  90. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:20 pm:

    ===I’m sure they’re crafting a carefully worded statement. /s===

    We’ll all see. My hope is that they aren’t.


  91. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:22 pm:

    OW, you know me.
    I get ralled up
    and I come in swingin wild :)
    Thanks for pullin me off em


  92. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:39 pm:

    - Honeybear -

    Wouldn’t want ya any other way, time is a teacher, not me.

    Be well.


  93. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:41 pm:

    Did I miss CEO Durbin’s outrage during the budget impasse?

    And Nanker, maybe she could raise the price of a shirt. I mean she’s been raking in record profits over the years so one would think she’d be able to handle this without slashing disabled workers. I’d be willing to pay a little more pocket change (and we really are talking about pocket change) at Goodwill if it were going for a good cause, which the CEO has now confirmed it is not.

    (Yes, I shop often at goodwill)


  94. - Juvenal - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:45 pm:

    There is a phrase we save for times like these:

    “There’s been a misunderstanding….”

    - CEO and Board President


  95. - Odysseus - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:54 pm:

    “How much does a CEO of a company with 450 employees usually get paid? Do you think they could find someone qualified for under 100k?”

    I absolutely think they could. If they can’t, they’re not trying.


  96. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 5:11 pm:

    - Michelle Flaherty -

    ===Did I miss CEO Durbin’s outrage during the budget impasse?===

    Yeah, I was holding my powder on that until the GA members on the Raunerite side.

    Not that it’s not relevant to Ms. Durbin, or for that matter, her son, I figured I’d wrap up the whole package in one swoop.


  97. - Crickets - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 5:38 pm:

    Land of Lincoln Goodwill covers a pretty large area in Illinois. Seldom can a camera come on that Chapin Rose and Rodney Davis won’t sniff it out and go to it like a moth to a porch light. Where are they? Congrats to WCIA for covering this story. Decatur WAND TV and their “I” Team wouldn’t have touched it.


  98. - Crickets - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 5:50 pm:

    File this under you can’t make this up on your best day. Sharon Durbin was in a religious mood on April 23rd and felt moved to do some Facebook preaching. She shared the following inspiration……God is preparing you for the next level. It’s going to happen SUDDENLY. 🤔🤣


  99. - revvedup - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 6:10 pm:

    To contact Goodwill Industries International, call (800) GOODWILL or email contactus@goodwill.org.


  100. - Union Thug Gramma - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 7:21 pm:

    My daughter worked for Goodwill some years ago. After Xmas, they’d make up reasons to get rid of workers that were due for a wage increase. I thought it was just that store, then I heard a man saying it happened in FL on Ed Schulz. There were a couple of other reports in Huffpost and I think Daily Kos. I quit donating and shopping there THEN. AmVets for me.


  101. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 7:52 pm:

    ==How much does a CEO of a company with 450 employees usually get paid? Do you think they could find someone qualified for under 100k?==

    Fair enough…if they can manage the company well…and if the mission is: “Providing people the skills and resources to become self-sufficient through the power of work.” Then the CEO is paid to figure out how to make that happen.

    If the CEO has managed a 7% annual raise for at least 3 years running and the CFO got a 28% annual raise for at least 3 years running, it seems to me that this crack leadership team should be able to figure out how to retain the workers who are part of their mission. If not, they aren’t worth those nice, “competitive” salaries.


  102. - Da Lobsta - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 8:34 pm:

    WAND TV has an “I” team? Ha


  103. - Return to Sender - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 10:14 pm:

    It even caught Bernie’s attention: https://twitter.com/berniesanders/status/1151280862861942785?s=12


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