November 18, 2010 National Day of Action

Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) has called for a National Day of Action to highlight the ongoing crisis of wage theft and ways that workers and communities are organizing to stop it. November 18 is one week before Thanksgiving, a time when we celebrate our plenty at feasts throughout the nation — but workers who have had their legal wages stolen will be struggling to provide for their families this season.

Wage theft is the pervasive and illegal practice of not paying workers for all of their work. It includes violations of minimum wage laws; not paying time and a half overtime pay; forcing workers to work off the clock; workers not receiving their final paychecks; misclassifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying minimum wage and overtime; and not paying workers at all.

Paying workers their legally owed wages would put billions of dollars back into the pockets of working families, money that would be spent in communities and help stimulate the economy during this prolonged unemployment crisis.

IWJ invites worker centers, labor unions and those who care about social justice and workers’ rights throughout the country to organize an event on November 18 and shine a light on the national crisis of wage theft. This is a crisis we can solve.

On September 29, Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) introduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Community Partnership Act (H.R. 6268), which would authorize the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to establish a competitive grant program to prevent wage theft. The bill would expand the efforts of enforcement agencies and community organizations to educate workers about their rights and the remedies available to them, while educating employers about their responsibilities under the law.

The Workers’ Center of CNY is inviting the community to share their stories related to this injustice. We are working on preparing an action to bring to the front this issue affecting thousands of hard working people in partnership with allies and organizations that believe in workers’ justice.

If you would like to share your story please call us at (315) 218-5708 or email at rfuentes@workerscentercny.org

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