Despite recent minimum-wage hikes around the country to $15 an hour, why are workers facing more wage theft than ever? An estimated $50 billion a year is stolen from workers' wages, affecting workers of all types of industries, including low-wage immigrants, office workers, union workers. More penalties, increased reporting requirements and the creation of wage bonds have not been able to stem the tide of wage theft. At the same time, workers are being discouraged by the inability to collect owed wages on secured judgments. They are less willing to come forward to assert their rights, making workers' organizing more difficult, yet more urgent than ever.
- How we can reverse the effects of wage theft
- How we can level the playing field for high-road, law-abiding businesses
- How workers can advocate for better wages and working conditions
- How funders can best support these efforts
- Sarah Ahn, Flushing Workers' Center and SWEAT Coalition
- Amy Carroll, Chief of Staff, Center for Popular Democracy
- Carmela Huang, Supervising Attorney, Urban Justice Center Community Development Project
- Jei Fong, Chinese Staff & Workers Association
- Terri Gerstein, Labor Bureau Chief, New York State Attorney General's Office
- Adolfo Lopez and JoAnn Lum, National Mobilization Against SweatShops
- Elizabeth Sprotzer, Make the Road New York
- Kevin Ryan (Moderator), Program Director, New York Foundation
All interested funders.
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