Target: Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Goal: To restore full-time hours to company employees so they may continue to receive healthcare benefits
Deseret Industries, a non-profit owned by the Church of Latter Day Saints, serves as a valuable resource for refugees fleeing war. The company provides employment for refugees, teaching them the skills required to find further employment in the United States, along with learning English. Since Deseret Industries is considered a rehabilitative center rather than a career employer, employees typically stay for a year before moving on.
Employees earn minimum wage, which they are certainly grateful for. Yet, due to the Affordable Healthcare Act, or ACA, which requires employers to provide healthcare for anybody working over thirty hours a week, Deseret Industries has begun reducing all employees’ hours to under thirty. A representative of the Church of Latter Day Saints stated that this cut was enacted in order to help more prospective employees, but it appears to be an attempt to circumvent the necessity of providing healthcare.
Refugees are entitled to Medicaid and any other healthcare services that are granted to citizens and resident aliens. These services are an important aspect of the working world, as minimum wage workers typically can not afford regular healthcare without receiving benefits from employers. Sign this petition to urge the Church of Latter Day Saints to restore hours to the employees of Deseret Industries so they can receive healthcare.
Dear Thomas S. Monson,
Recently, a non-profit owned by The Church of Latter Day Saints, Deseret Industries, has cut it’s employees’ hours, reducing them to under thirty hours per week. While a representative of your company stated hours were cut to allow an expansion of employment, it appears that the company is trying to circumvent the necessity of healthcare benefits by the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that employers must provide healthcare to employees that work over thirty hours. As your company is a humanitarian organization and a non-profit, cutting costs like this discredits the validity of the company.
While your company provides a very respectable service to refugees, training them in skills necessary for survival in the workforce, they are not paid enough to lack healthcare and benefits. Minimum wage provides basic necessities such as food and shelter, but cannot compensate for emergency situations such as illness. I urge you to restore full-time status to the company’s employees, allowing them to receive benefits vital to their survival. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it would protect the image of Deseret Industries as a non-profit organization.
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