Laid-off Goodwill staff will be paid, CEO says

TORONTO - The CEO of Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario says laid-off staff will be paid by the end of the day.

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Keiko Nakamura says the payment will be for hours worked up to and including January 16 -- the day before the charitable organization announced it would close 16 stores, 10 donation centres and two offices due to cash flow problems.

In a statement Friday, she says records of employment will be mailed out next week, allowing former staff to apply for employment insurance or other assistance.

Nakamura says she regrets "the concern, anxiety and frustration the staff of Goodwill has experienced" as a result of the closures.

More than 430 workers have been affected by last weekend's sudden shutdown.

Nakamura says a website has been set up to raise funds for struggling ex-employees.



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