From the Justice Will Be Served Campaign:
The SWEAT Bill (NYS A628/S579) is in the NYS Senate Judiciary Committee. Let’s get the committee to approve the bill! This is the first step before the bill can be passed by the NYS Senate.
Call the Senate switchboard and ask for your representative:
Call key NYS Senators:
|Senator John J. Bonacic
Head of Judiciary Committee
|Senator Jeffrey D. Klein
|Senator John J. Flanagan
Your call can make a difference! Here’s a sample of what you can say:
“I am a constituent and I (state your connection to the issue of wage theft). I am calling to ask Senator (insert name) to sponsor S579 and support the bill and help get the NYS Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the bill. SWEAT will strengthen the existing law to help workers collect stolen wages. Wage theft is an epidemic in NYS. (You can insert more info from the list below).”
Why we need the SWEAT bill
- In NYS, more and more workers are getting cheated of wages. Worse yet, when workers go to the Department of Labor or file lawsuits, employers are shutting down their businesses (only to reopen under another name), “selling” their homes to family members, filing for bankruptcy and emptying their bank accounts. By the time workers win a court judgment, employers have hidden all their assets and workers cannot collect.
- One recent NYS study of just 17 legal groups found that judgments against employers totaling more than $125 million have not been paid.
- When workers are unable to collect the wages they are owed, the minimum wage and overtime laws are rendered useless. Legitimate businesses are undermined by scofflaw employers. Our government gets cheated of payroll taxes. This hurts working families, law-abiding businesses, and our state’s economy.