Local group holds protest outside Goodwill store opening

Created: 04/24/2014 12:12 PM WHEC.com

A protest outside a new Goodwill store for the rights of disabled workers.

The store held its ribbon-cutting event Thursday morning on Dewey Avenue but to an unruly crowd. Rochester ADAPT, a local chapter of the National Disability Rights organization, was there protesting the COE of the national Goodwill organization.

It’s happening because the national organization has a certificate that allows them to pay disabled workers less than minimum wage. It’s a federal law but the local Finger Lakes chapter does not use the certificate. Officials say they pay all of their workers minimum wage or above. The protestors are trying to bring attention to what they say is an injustice.

Justin Young of Rochester ADAPT said, “We are people just like any other group in the country. We are the only people, a group, a population that are still currently getting less than sub minimum wages. We don't deserve that treatment.”

Goodwill of the Finger Lakes Director of Marketing Mary Boland said, “We employ a huge number of people with disabilities, that's one of the things we're so proud of in our community. All of our employees are paid minimum wage or above.”

Protesters were expecting someone from the national chapter to be at the ribbon cutting but no one showed up.

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