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    In the private sector we call that "good management."
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    In the private sector we call that "good management."
    I saw an extreme example of this in the last year and it frightened me.
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    I saw an extreme example of this in the last year and it frightened me.
    Well, the most extreme example is the nation as a whole.
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    But doesnt the GOP tell us that the reason the federal government shouldnt be involved in helping out the needy is because businesses and individuals can do it themselves? I thought businesses were pure...
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    But doesnt the GOP tell us that the reason the federal government shouldnt be involved in helping out the needy is because businesses and individuals can do it themselves? I thought businesses were pure...
    It is very interesting how unfettered capitalism has created the wide income gap that we see today, yet, that is still their only idea. It mirrors health care where they've had 7+ years to come up with something and have offered zero. Turtle Boy will unveil a new Health Care bill today from what we've been told and it should be again devoid of any new ideas other than giving the money to rich people in hopes that their charity and the wages they pay are enough to keep us from serfdom.
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    That is a fantastic article. The reporter should win something.

    But please don't tar and heather all non-profits just because this one appears to have been run by crooks for awhile. Most of them are run by really good people who are essentially donating their time.
    Obviously the heads of that particular non-profit are using their position to loot it for their own benefit, but I agree with your comments.

    I have a close friend who actually heads up a non-profit that seems to be very similar to the one described in the article, although I have no reason to believe that he is getting paid anything close to what those people took for themselves.

    The author of the article talked about the debate around the country about the wages paid to these workers, something that my friend has often described as "piece rate." He and I have gone round and round about the appropriateness of having these employees work for very little money.

    His non-profit focuses on two areas. They clean facilities, such as churches or office buildings or the like. They also do small packaging work. Basically where the workers are asked to assemble a kit of three or four items into a box and seal it up.

    There are two primary issues that I argue about with my friend. The first is the idea of paying someone what might amount to a buck an hour for working. He makes the counter argument that due to the severe disability of some of the employees, you literally could not employ them if you had to pay them even minimum wage. You might have an employee who over the course of one eight hour shift is able to assemble three kits, something it would take you or me less than a minute to do. But the thought is that the participation in the employment setting is beneficial to the disabled persons.

    The second point of contention I raise is the one of fair competition. One of the members of my golf league owns a professional cleaning company, and is basically in competition with my other friend for cleaning business in commercial buildings. He says that he simply can't compete with the prices charged by the non-profit, primarily because of the difference in wages, his primary expense.

    Honestly, I haven't decided whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
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    The first is the idea of paying someone what might amount to a buck an hour for working. He makes the counter argument that due to the severe disability of some of the employees, you literally could not employ them if you had to pay them even minimum wage. You might have an employee who over the course of one eight hour shift is able to assemble three kits, something it would take you or me less than a minute to do.
    I have sympathy with this but I would also point out that general principle is violated all the time in business. I'll take myself as an example just because I'm familiar. In my job I do lots of different tasks and one of them is to compose long, detailed synopses of plans and policies for lay audiences. Because of who is attracted to my particular business line, this is something that takes most of my position peers hours and hours to do. Because of my particular skill imbalances (which include, for example, having a lot of trouble understanding mechanical devices more complicated than a fork), I can do it in minutes. Very few minutes. The difference in productivity on that task relative to ordinary co-workers is on the order of the difference you cited between you and a severely disabled person. To some extent this affects our relative pay, but nothing near the order of magnitude of productivity we're talking about. So that tells me the general principle being appealed to by your friend is not bulletproof.

    I would think the solution for the non-profit case is pretty obvious, actually: given that employing disabled people is an unalloyed good for reasons ranging from the sociological to psychological to moral to just plain not being a dick, the government should fund a non-trivial portion of the difference in productivity by allowing the non-profit to quantify hours and productivity lost and refunding them the difference. That would make everybody happy except a few minarchist jerks whose cranky unhappiness itself would make people even more happy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    Obviously the heads of that particular non-profit are using their position to loot it for their own benefit, but I agree with your comments.

    I have a close friend who actually heads up a non-profit that seems to be very similar to the one described in the article, although I have no reason to believe that he is getting paid anything close to what those people took for themselves.

    The author of the article talked about the debate around the country about the wages paid to these workers, something that my friend has often described as "piece rate." He and I have gone round and round about the appropriateness of having these employees work for very little money.

    His non-profit focuses on two areas. They clean facilities, such as churches or office buildings or the like. They also do small packaging work. Basically where the workers are asked to assemble a kit of three or four items into a box and seal it up.

    There are two primary issues that I argue about with my friend. The first is the idea of paying someone what might amount to a buck an hour for working. He makes the counter argument that due to the severe disability of some of the employees, you literally could not employ them if you had to pay them even minimum wage. You might have an employee who over the course of one eight hour shift is able to assemble three kits, something it would take you or me less than a minute to do. But the thought is that the participation in the employment setting is beneficial to the disabled persons.

    The second point of contention I raise is the one of fair competition. One of the members of my golf league owns a professional cleaning company, and is basically in competition with my other friend for cleaning business in commercial buildings. He says that he simply can't compete with the prices charged by the non-profit, primarily because of the difference in wages, his primary expense.

    Honestly, I haven't decided whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
    I used to work for Safeway (I know, not a non-profit), and they would allow each store to hire 1-2 disabled people and simply not count them against the stores target labor. They were regular unionized employees in every sense, the stores just got a little relief for hiring them. I think your friends practice is wrong, either pay people fairly or don't hire them. Even though he may not be raking it in, he is likely making money that should be going to the workers.

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    I used to work for Safeway (I know, not a non-profit), and they would allow each store to hire 1-2 disabled people and simply not count them against the stores target labor. They were regular unionized employees in every sense, the stores just got a little relief for hiring them. I think your friends practice is wrong, either pay people fairly or don't hire them. Even though he may not be raking it in, he is likely making money that should be going to the workers.
    Our local supermarkets do this now. The people who actually bag at checkout are typically mid-range mentally handicapped. I have noticed that patrons treat them extremely well, and everybody leaves the store with a smile on their face. I shudder what it would be like in Philly, NYC, Boston, or one of the other "I'm-a-dick-to-prove-myself-hurr-hurr" hellholes farther north on the Acela corridor.
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    Got to love those non profits that treat their help like trash and make sure their executives are treated like kings
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    Welcome to people gaming the system. Just like how the Clintons have a "charity" that is really a bribery slush fund. ALL non-profits should be audited.
    Sources?

    Last fall, Charity Navigator, recognized for its work evaluating charitable organizations, gave the Clinton Foundation a four star rating, with an overall score of 94.74 out of a hundred. Charitywatch gave the Clinton Foundation an A rating while giving the Red Cross a rating of A-.

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    Last fall, Charity Navigator, recognized for its work evaluating charitable organizations, gave the Clinton Foundation a four star rating, with an overall score of 94.74 out of a hundred. Charitywatch gave the Clinton Foundation an A rating while giving the Red Cross a rating of A-.
    The whole 'CINTN FOUNDATION IS TEH DEVBIL!!11! an article of faith on the right. It was one of the things the Russians were loading Twitter and Facebook with before the election. A lot of the rubes bought it.
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    The Republicans disparagement of the Clinton Foundation is deplorable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Welcome to people gaming the system. Just like how the Clintons have a "charity" that is really a bribery slush fund. ALL non-profits should be audited.
    Here you go, dickwad: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/ab...ancial-reports

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    How about asking Haiti...
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    Last fall, Charity Navigator, recognized for its work evaluating charitable organizations, gave the Clinton Foundation a four star rating, with an overall score of 94.74 out of a hundred. Charitywatch gave the Clinton Foundation an A rating while giving the Red Cross a rating of A-.
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    That is a fantastic article. The reporter should win something.

    But please don't tar and heather all non-profits just because this one appears to have been run by crooks for awhile. Most of them are run by really good people who are essentially donating their time.
    You are probably right, especially the rank and file but I have a hard time with ********s who steal money from the folks that they are supposedly helping.
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    You are probably right, especially the rank and file but I have a hard time with ********s who steal money from the folks that they are supposedly helping.
    Well of course. So do I.
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    9 year old girl shows up to city council, asks to speak, and gets muzzled.

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