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Future uncertain, optimistic for unpaid former YWCA employees

Posted March 20, 2012

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— Former employees of the YWCA of the Greater Triangle, which closed last month after more than a century, met with the organization's board of directors Tuesday to discuss when they can expect their final paychecks.

Employees were given just 24 hours notice that they were being laid off before the YWCA closed its doors Feb. 29 and never got paid for their last days of work. 

Despite their frustrations, the former employees said they were optimistic after talking to the board for the first time since they were laid off.

"They're as concerned about us not having been paid as we are," former employee Olivia Robinson said. "I think the commitment to us is (that) they're going to go everything they can."

YWCA employees meet with board over final paychecks YWCA employees meet with board over final paychecks

But former board president Maria Spaulding said she wasn't in a position to offer specific solutions.

"We don't have a business plan. We have a plan to develop a business plan," she said. "We must deal with the indebtedness before we move forward."

Downtown Raleigh's YWCA, on Hargett Street, decided to close because of financial difficulties. It is looking for community partners to continue running some of its programs, which were rooted in four core missions: education advocacy, study circles and youth development; economic empowerment and self-sufficiency; health care access and health education; and supportive services for seniors.

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  • superman Mar 21, 2012

    The board must be comprised of the same people who are on the Wake County Board of Education. The school board doesnt realize that staff, teachers, programs, and bus routes will all be affected by a significant change in student assignments. The school receives over 100M and the money has to be spent where the students are assigned. Federally funded teachers, supplies and equipment has to follow the students.

  • muggs Mar 21, 2012

    rrainey3,"Just saying this to get the conversation started" You better wait on your pal Ezekielc23 if you want to have a conversation,seems you two have many things in common.

  • muggs Mar 21, 2012

    anneonymousone, BubbaDuke was making a good point,but if your going to be on this site you had better grow some thick skin cause people can be honestly cruel.

  • rrainey3 Mar 21, 2012

    I know this point has been made before. This not a racial issue, nor a political issue, Aperson does the work, They sould be paid before it becomes a part of the issues mentioned above or a means to get get paid by the leaders of equality groups. Just saying this to get the conversation started.

  • OnlyTheBestWillDo Mar 21, 2012

    Time to file a complaint -- http://www.nclabor.com/wh/wh.htm

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 21, 2012

    But former board president Maria Spaulding said she wasn't in a position to offer specific solutions.

    Then why was she really there? She had no actual answers but just brush off answers. The employees should sue to get their money. Its their right legally.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 21, 2012

    I went and lived at a YWCA and they help you in getting jobs. It was not all about seniors. So what happen to that?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 21, 2012

    Who stole the money?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 21, 2012

    "They're as concerned about us not having been paid as we are," former employee Olivia Robinson said. "I think the commitment to us is (that) they're going to go everything they can."

    Obviously Ms. Robinson believes anything someone says to her. She had better rethink on that. They are not thinking of you sweetie, they are thinking only of themselves. Why did the former director step in and not the director him/her (self)?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 21, 2012

    Well said. Sounds like a group of people that think only me! me! me!.... It's all about them.
    miketroll3572

    The employees deserved to be paid. It wrong for the YWCA not to pay these employees. They are not the ones who messed up. Look at the person (s) who handled the money. But PAY the people. Do the right thing. If it was you Ms. former director, then you would want your pay.

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