Voices of NY: 14,000 Wage Theft Cases Pending in NYS

While examining his Domino’s paycheck in 2007, pizza deliveryman Carlos Rodriguez Herrera’s eyes paced from the $4.40 an hour he got paid to the hours worked that week, which was 20 hours short. Confused, he backtracked and realized the same gap was true for every week over the past two years. But when Rodriguez confronted his boss, he was terminated.

“They robbed me and when I complained they fired me,” said Rodriguez, 28, who attended a rally in front of the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) building in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning…

 

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Albany Business Review: The Best Case Yet for Easing NY’s “Wage Theft” Law?

ALBANY- An unlikely source gave business lobbies their best argument yet to repeal one part of a law governing wages in New York state.The ammunition came Nov. 21 from the state Department of Labor, the very agency that enforces what’s called the Wage Theft Prevention Act.The law is designed to prevent employers from “stealing” wages by refusing to pay minimum wage or overtime, or by skimming tips.

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Capital New York: Workers Call on Cuomo to Fight Wage Theft with More Resources

Capital New York reports on our trip to Albany with the Coalition for a Real Minimum-Wage Increase:

ALBANY—About two dozen people, mostly Latino immigrants, will pack an Assembly hearing today to highlight one side effect of tight state budgets: lackluster enforcement of wage-theft prevention laws. “A wage-theft prevention law is useless if it isn’t regularly enforced,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. “New Yorkers need a better-resourced Department of Labor.”

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Ain’t I A Woman & Creative Time: 10/19 @ 4:30pm

The Ain’t I a Woman?! Campaign and supporters of Boycott Reynolds will be participating in Creative Time’s performance, Between the Door and the Streetorganized by Suzanne Lacey, in partnership with the Brooklyn Museum.

On October 19, some 300 women and a few men–all selected to represent a cross-section of ages, backgrounds, and perspectives–will gather on the stoops along a residential street in Brooklyn, where they will engage in unscripted conversations about a variety of issues related to gender politics today.

AIW will raise the question–how are women leading a new labor movement? How does the demand to control our time and say NO to mandatory overtime unite working people?

Come, listen, talk and learn more!

Saturday, October 19th, 4:30pm

Park Place, Brooklyn