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Nonprofit Employment Practice: Do We Practice what we Preach?

At the NH Center for Nonprofits Summit in Manchester NH September 23, Ruth McCambridge challenged those present to bet beyond “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Many nonprofit leaders criticize fast food outlets and Walmart and other major national corporations for paying non-sustainable wages.
Nonprofits in home health care and other direct human services practice this same behavior. They pay subsistence wages to employees…wages that can’t cover food, housing, child care, health care….under the excuse that their mission is service to people in need. Not recognizing that they are creating a class of people who depend on State and local benefits to supplement their wages.
It’s time to pay the piper.

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