Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
Greenpeace canvassers say their workplace is no compassionate, supportive utopia.
In addition to saving the planet, Greenpeace says it stands for social justice and a more equitable world. But anyone who thinks a future run by Greenpeace would be nothing but rainbows is invited to visit a Change.org petition that describes the plight of Greenpeace canvassers.
According to those who’ve left supplementary comments after signing this petition, Greenpeace is the furthest thing from a compassionate employer. It doesn’t care if weather conditions aren’t conducive, or if an employee is in the midst of a family crisis. Frontline (sidewalk) canvassers who fail to meet quotas are simply tossed aside like rubbish.
Delphine Brody, of Sacramento, says she lost the canvassing job she loved when she failed to make her numbers “two consecutive weeks.” William Hodges reports:
On a cold, rainy day, I was asked to go out on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to canvas about global warming. I didn’t get my signatures and was let go from Greenpeace the same day.
Terese Bollman, from Florida, says her daughter was similarly fired without warning by Greenpeace, even though she’d worked long hours in inclement weather, and had traveled for the organization without pay.
Greenpeace (which routinely accuses industry of being short-sighted) is apparently in the habit of jettisoning seasoned, productive employees who hit a rough patch or are simply victims of bad luck. Even worse, the entire Greenpeace edifice appears to rest on a foundation of fear. An entire class of employee lives in constant terror.
Jo Meyer, from California, says:
I watched my daughter give all she had to this organization…I also watched her lose weight, live in shoddy hotels provided by [Greenpeace], work in conditions of snow, ice, rain, and burning heat, all the while constantly desperate at the ever-present threat of job loss. [bold added here and below]
Jennifer Daelyn of San Diego, who spent two years working as a Greenpeace canvasser, adds:
The lack of job security created enormous stress in my life. I worked extremely hard for the organization…but lost my job because of the current quota system.
Robert Sandy, of Chicago, reports:
I was always on the verge of an anxiety attack. I was never able to actually able [sic] to learn and feel safe at my work.
Corporations such as McDonald’s and Walmart routinely promote entry-level employees into management, but former canvasser Adrian Philp of Toronto says Greenpeace has no mechanism by which employees can advance from a “sad dead-end” canvassing job to something better. He describes a workplace in which you are “desperately trying to get one last stranger to pull out their credit card.”
Finally, here are the words of Laurel Silva, from California, who says she was also terminated by Greenpeace for failing to meet her quota:
I would have loved to continue working for the organization, but the anxiety of the possibility of losing my job was overwhelming. And in the end, I did lose my job. It was the main source of income in my household, and created much unneeded stress on my family.
Dread. Desperation. Insecurity. This is the misery that fuels Greenpeace.
see the petition (which includes a 6-minute video) here
read more about Greenpeace here