The program, implemented through an Atlanta company called Purchasing Power, allows the SEANC's 55,000 members to buy items and then make monthly payments through payroll deductions over a year. Although some employees say they like the program because it allows them to purchase expensive items on a payment plan, others say they feel they are being taken advantage of by the inflated costs.
A Playstation 4, for example, retails for about $400, but through Purchasing Power, costs nearly $850. An iPad retailing for as low as $499 will cost nearly $1,000.
The SEANC won't say how much money it makes from the Purchasing Power program, saying only that it is a nonprofit agency and that the money from the program goes back into its membership base.
Here's a clue: when you're a union and a lot of your members have bad credit and/or can't afford to buy appliances without using a loanshark "nonprofit agency", then your union has already failed in its basic mission.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 9:21pm
Thanksgiving is a special time of the year when most people gather with friends and family to celebrate their connection to one another and to give thanks for their many blessings. For some LGBT members it can be a very lonely and even depressing time.
As a gay man and an LGBT advocate I would urge my fellow straight allies to take a moment this week and do two things. First, seek out an LGBT individual and let them know you care. For an individual who has been shunned by their family or ridiculed by others for their sexuality the holidays can be anything but festive. Be a voice of acceptance and listen to their story.
It is regrettable that thousands of LGBT teens are forced to leave home or runaway when they come out. For them, this Thanksgiving won’t be filled with laughter, turkey and football, but will be a struggle to survive on the unforgiving streets of our Cities and towns.
This week, we recognized the 50th anniversary commemorating the death of President John F. Kennedy. There are two of his quotes in particular that strike me, as they seem even more relevant today than they did half a century ago. "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Additionally, the quote "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." We all would benefit by keeping these quotes in mind as we continue to work towards address our nation's problems.
Yes, they're a private school, but they're in line for public money, thanks to Skip Stam's voucher program.
The private Christian school is listed in the directory of recognized private schools by the state of North Carolina. That list is maintained by the Division of Non-Public Education and all schools on that list will be eligible for taxpayer-funded school vouchers beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
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