Williston Goodwill employees protest for change

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 12:09 AM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 5:22 AM EDT
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WILLISTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Employees at the Williston Goodwill on Monday protested for higher pay and more staff help.

The employees camped outside the building Monday and told WCAX News they work 13-hour shifts and aren’t getting paid above minimum wage.

The supervisor joined in on the protest and hopes their voices will drive change.

“Just basically we want to be treated right. Goodwill, you know they have a mission statement of being kind and owning your mistakes and all this stuff. Well, we want management to do the same” said Don Norton, the supervisor of the Williston Goodwill.

“We are taking the due diligence to look into this. We hired an outside firm to make sure everyone is getting paid competitively. So information to employees is coming on that. It’s just not as fast as anyone wants it to be,” said Heather Steeves, the spokesperson for Goodwill New England.

Employees tell WCAX they’ve been waiting months for change.

A Goodwill spokesperson says it’s taking a while to address their concerns because they have 2,000 employees across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. And they want to make sure when they make the changes, they do it right.

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