ImageFIRST: The reality behind a false image
ImageFIRST, a national outpatient clinic laundry services provider, takes great pride in being a good corporate citizen, publicizing their community service and work with charitable organizations. However, the employees of ImageFIRST, a company that in 2014 reported $45 million in sales, struggle to make ends meet. Many employees rely on taxpayer-funded healthcare to care for their families. Some of those employees also use food stamps. ImageFIRST puts its image ahead of its employees and our community.
Making ends meet with poverty wages
Many ImageFIRST production employees work full time, yet make poverty level wages. A number of workers report taking home less than $360 a week, or just $18,720 a year. The federal government considers an annual salary of $20,090 to be poverty level wages for a family of three. Many ImageFIRST employees struggle to make ends meet and raise a family on poverty level wages. One ImageFIRST worker says sometimes she has to choose between buying food or paying the rent. To make matters worse, an employee who wants family health insurance from the company may pay $100 or more a week from their pre-tax earnings.
Outsourcing costs to taxpayers
For a number of ImageFIRST production employees earning poverty wages, the employer-provided health plans are just too expensive. ImageFIRST should provide quality healthcare options for their employees, but it seems ImageFIRST is outsourcing its healthcare costs to taxpayers. Many workers at ImageFIRST report turning to Medicaid and taxpayer-funded options to provide the necessary healthcare for their families, shifting the cost onto the public.
Calling it a “family” when it’s an irresponsible business
ImageFIRST management likes to say that the company is a “family,” but they refused medical leave to a former ImageFIRST employee in Connecticut, when she had a complication due to her pregnancy that was aggravated by a condition in the ImageFIRST workplace. As a result, the woman decided to quit and apply for unemployment. When she succeeded in her claim for unemployment benefits after she was initially denied the benefit, ImageFIRST appealed the decision awarding her benefits to the state court level. In a recent incident, a chief engineer at ImageFIRST in Clifton, NJ pled guilty to disruption of lawful activities and was fined $150 for using a leaf blower to blow debris on grandmother Marcia Almanzar while she was helping to organize ImageFIRST employees.