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Hawaii Hotel Workers Win Small Step Toward Compensation For Wage Theft
D.C. Council Passes ‘Living Wage’ Bill, Rebukes Walmart Threat
New York City Passes Paid Sick Time Law
Senate Approves Bill to Crack Down on Wage Theft in Construction Industry
“Hundreds of fast food workers in New York City, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and other cities are walking off their jobs this week, demanding higher wages and the right to union protection. Strikers say their employers are subjecting them to unfair labor conditions while paying them a wage that’s too low to live on…”
“Apple employees are suing the company in a class action lawsuit that alleges they were subjected to so many frequent bag searches for security reasons that they lost up to $1,500 in unpaid overtime every year…”
“McDonald’s can afford to pay its workers a living wage without sacrificing any of its low menu prices, according to a new study provided to The Huffington Post by a University of Kansas student…”
“A coalition of local labor organizations and low wage workers took part in a national day of action Wednesday afternoon calling out unfair labor practices and demanding an increase to the minimum wage. More than 200 protesters took to the streets first on the city’s west side at Little Village Car Wash on Cermak, fighting for an opportunity for the workers to unionize and calling on the car wash to pay employees the minimum wage and overtime. Holding a large sign which read “I will bring my car here when little village carwash has a union,” two members of Arise Chicago collected signatures from supporters picketing on the sidewalk, pledging to patrionize the business if worker demands were met. “Right now Little Village Car Wash workers, they’re not even making the minimum wage,” said Antonio, a member of Arise. “They’re making $0 an hour, just surviving on tips.” …”
“CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–July 25 – A coalition of low-wage workers, community and labor groups marked a national day of action yesterday with a series of three protests calling for an increased minimum wage. Starting with a mid-afternoon rally at the Little Village Car Wash and moving to protests at the Little Village Walmart Neighborhood Market and at Capital Grille in the Magnificent Mile, hundreds of working Chicagoans called for an increased minimum wage to help the city’s struggling families….”
“At around 7 p.m. on April 4, along a drab commercial stretch outside San Diego, a team of four U.S. Marshals and a state labor department investigator named Craig Eastep intercepted and arrested local restaurateur David Dadon as he left his hotel room. Two days earlier, federal agents had arrested Dadon’s son Barry. The pair had formerly co-owned the State Street Grill, which was the subject of a lengthy wage theft investigation by California’s labor department…”
“Despite concerns from some council members about a “cleaner process” for going after employers who cheat workers out of their pay, the chairman of the Houston City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday pledged an “aggressive” timetable to enacting a tough wage theft ordinance…”
“After the D.C. Council approved a bill that requires large retailers to pay their workers a “living wage” of $12.50 — and Walmart retreated from the capital in protest — we thought it’d be worth considering what that requirement could do for the economy.
A report from non-partisan public policy center Demos released in 2012 looked into the effect of large retailers raising wages to pay the equivalent of $25,000 per year, or $12.25 per hour, for full-time, year-round workers. The study revealed that the wage hike could benefit not only workers, but also retailers and the economy at large….”
“Back in May, hundreds of Milwaukee fast-food and retail workers rallied and marched a one-day protest to demand higher wages and better work conditions from these employers.
This week, three members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus including Wisconsin’s own Congresswoman Gwen Moore joined fast-food and retail workers to call for an end to wage theft and raising minimum wage…”
“Service workers at Washington D.C.’s Union Station are walking off the job Thursday morning to protest the federal government’s failure to ensure the companies it contracts with pay a livable wage. The strike is the third in eight weeks for low-wage federally-contracted workers in the nation’s capital, as part of a campaign called Good Jobs Nation that is pressuring the government to stop paying poverty wages through its private-sector partners. Previous strikes at other government buildings have sparked investigations into wage theft and other abuses….”
“Walmart last week decided not to build three stores in Washington D.C. after the passage of a D.C. Council bill, which demands big-box retailers pay their workers a“living wage” of $12.50. Such a wage, Walmart claimed, would drive up its famously-low prices.
But by just how much? Not much, according to a 2011 study by CUNY’s Stephanie Luce and University of California Berkeley’s Ken Jacobs and Dave Graham-Squire. The researchers found that raising the wages of all Walmart workers making below $12 per hour up to that hourly wage — a figure approaching D.C.’s $12.50 mark –would cost the average Walmart shopper only 46 cents per trip….”
“Eric Glatt, a second-year Georgetown University law school student, got the attention of interns and employers when, after working as an unpaid intern on the hit 2010 film Black Swan, he and fellow intern Alexander Footman filed suit against the movie company, Fox Searchlight Pictures, on grounds that not paying them was a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The lawsuit was filed in September 2011 in federal court in Manhattan, where the film was shot. Last month Judge William H. Pauley III ruled on the side of Glatt and Footman. He said the work they performed did not meet the government’s standard for unpaid internships, meaning more educational and vocational, and most of all benefiting them. Instead, he said, their duties were as regular employees in jobs that benefited the movie studio. Fox Searchlight is in the process of submitting an appeal, but regardless, the case opened the floodgates on an issue that Glatt says is particularly relevant to Washington, where he claims there are more unpaid interns than anywhere in the US. He says these unpaid interns are victims of “wage theft.”…”
“Visitors to D.C.’s Smithsonian museums Thursday will get educated on a subject they likely aren’t expecting: low-wage worker exploitation by companies that contract with the federal government. Service employees at the museums are going on strike to protest unlivable wages and wage theft, the third such walkout by contracted employees at federal buildings in the nation’s capital since May….
Thursday’s planned actions include a bit of performance art. “[A]ctors playing Ronald McDonald and Uncle Sam will climb into bed together” outside the Air and Space Museum, according to the Washington Post. Workers are referencing the fact that the federal government supports more low-wage jobs than McDonald’s and Walmart combined, according to research by the think tank Demos. The report found that “nearly two million private sector employees working on behalf of America earn wages too low to support a family.”
“Low-wage workers protested outside Smithsonian museums Thursday, continuing a string of recent demonstrations to promote better pay for some contract employees at federal buildings.
Good Jobs Nation, a group advocating on behalf of private-sector workers employed under federal concession agreements, organized the protests.
The actions came a day after the D.C. Council approved a bill requiring large retailers to pay their employees 50 percent more than the District’s $8.25-an-hour minimum wage.
Good Jobs Nation asserts that the federal government should not tolerate agreements with contractors who pay low wages….”
You can try to run from California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su, but she proved that you can’t hide. A Los Angeles garment maker who moved and changed its business name in an attempt to avoid previous labor law violations, has hit a dead end and must pay $282,582 for failing to pay 19 workers minimum wage and overtime in violation of wage and hour rules, reports Los Angeles wage and hour lawyer Eric Grover.
“WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, a Walmart executive rebuked the D.C. Council in an op-ed in the Washington Post, declaring that the company would scuttle plans for three stores if the city enacted a living-wage law targeted at big-box retailers. The bill, which passed a council vote on Wednesday, would require a $12.50 minimum wage for workers at companies with more than $1 billion in global sales….”
“A new coalition of labor groups is organizing low-wage workers and generating considerable attention from government officials.
In two months, the Good Jobs Nation coalition has used aggressive tactics — from employee walkouts to civil disobedience — to demand better pay for service employees working for vendors in federal buildings….”
“Dozens of food and other service workers at Washington, D.C.’s Ronald Reagan Building, which houses federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration (GSA), took to the street Tuesday in a one-day strike to protest low wages. It is the second strike in the nation’s capital in the last two months by federally contracted service workers…”
“In the wake of the Bangladesh Factory collapse/massacre, the plight of vulnerable workers around the globe has been on the front page. Pope Francis rightly named the evil of slave labor which underpins the inexpensive consumer goods and record profits enjoyed in the United States and elsewhere. It is important to remember as well that such conditions exist in the shadows of the United States as well…”
“It’s hard enough to live on $7.25 an hour — but struggling fast food workers told members of the City Council they often make even less due to “wage theft” from employers who don’t pay overtime or unfairly dock people’s paychecks…”
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