wage theft

Entire movements are based around these economic realities: the minimum wage is too low to live on. Eligibility for overtime pay must be broadened so that workers are fairly compensated for all of the time they work. Basic workplace standards need to be improved. But improved standards only lead to...
07/15/2015
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If you think wage theft is being overblown by worker advocates, as some business groups suggest, check out this outrageous story.  Last week, Philadelphia restaurant franchise Chickie's & Pete's agreed to pay employees around $8.6 million in back wages to settle a Department of Labor (DOL...
02/25/2014
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Two major stories of corporate misconduct toward employees hit the headlines yesterday: in the morning, low-wage federal contract workers filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging that more than 100 employees in the food court of federally-owned Union Station had been victims of...
01/16/2014
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One of the most urgent reasons to move forward with immigration reform is to reduce the harsh, illegal treatment of undocumented workers.  Unscrupulous employers routinely violate both labor and immigration laws by hiring undocumented workers, then forcing them to work inhumane hours, in...
03/01/2013
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In a surprise move for a right to work state On October 23, the Broward County Commission in Florida passed the Wage Recovery Ordinance, a victory for workers and workers rights advocates in Florida, and an encouraging sign for similar groups around the country including Michigan and Illinois....
10/29/2012
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It's no secret that many large employers pay near-poverty wages even as they rake in record profits. They get away with this thanks to a weak labor market and even weaker unions, which now speak for less than 8 percent of private sector workers. But what's less known is that things are even worse...
07/27/2012
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America confronts a jobs crisis that has two faces. The first face is obvious and greets us every morning when we read the newspapers or talk with our friends and neighbors. There is simply not enough work to go around. Following the financial crisis and the Great Recession unemployment has...
09/02/2011
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