Thursday, April 3, 2014
Federal Government: Don't do Business with Thieves!
The Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter this week to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez asking the Department of Labor to speed up investigations at Union Station and the Ronald Reagan building. Food-service employees at federal buildings in Washington say they have been denied overtime and paid subminimum wages.
Keeping Track: April 2, 2014 - New York Times
Victims of wage theft in federal buildings need more than to be paid back their stolen wages. The federal government needs “strong enforcement of wage-theft violations and consideration of those violations in future contract-award decisions would send a clear signal to contractors that the federal government will not do business with law-breakers,” the Congressional Progressive Caucus clarified in a letter to Labor Secretary Perez.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
College Graduates are Low-wage Workers; Wage Theft is Rampant, 90% of Fast-food Workers are Victims; Wal-Mart Lost $3 Billion from Cutting Hours
Imagine being tens of thousands of dollar in debt and making minimum wage. It's happening, Debbra Alexis, a 27-year-old Victoria's Secret employee has a bachelor's degree in health sciences. Today, a higher education won't guarantee you a good paying job. About a quarter of a million people, who have a degree, make $7.25 or less an hour. According to a recent NELP report, 58% of the jobs created during the recent economic recovery are largely low-wage positions like retail and food prep workers.
And it gets worse! Today, out of 1,088 fast-food workers, 89% said they have been forced to do off-the-books work, have been denied breaks and were refused overtime pay. In the Los Angeles, 81% of fast-food employees in Los Angeles said they have experienced wage theft.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Port Truck Drivers Receive Poverty Wages through Misclassification; Gap Announces Raise for 65,000 workers
Without a union, companies are able to take advantage of workers. Port Truck Drivers are a perfect example, making fast-food wages or even less. On average, drivers make $9.30 an hour because they are misclassified as independent contractors, not employees, and their bosses get away with not paying minimum wage, benefits or employment taxes."Carol Cauley, a port truck driver with C&K Trucking at the Port of Savannah for the last 9 years, said that because she is an independent contractor, she could make as little as $200 per week, even if she's working full-time."
Why truck drivers are getting dinged on pay - CNN Money
Friday, February 14, 2014
The President Signed the Executive Order for Federal Contract Workers!
On Wednesday, Good Jobs Nation workers and advocates joined the President at the White House for the signing of an executive order that will raise federal contract worker pay to $10.10 an hour and raise tipped worker pay to $4.90. "The order, which applies to new and renewed contracts, could lift the wages of up to half a million people."
That’s an Order! - New York Times
"Obama is affirming the dignity and worth of all working people. As the CEO of the federal government, he is also sending a powerful message to the CEOs of private corporations that they too must honor their workers with just wages." Read more from Sr. Simone Campbell and Rev. Michael Livingston:
Friday, February 7, 2014
Statement in Support of Workers with Disabilities
Workers with disabilities deserve the same protections as workers without disabilities. That is why Change to Win and the Good Jobs Nation campaign are proud to urge President Obama and Secretary Perez to include workers with disabilities in their forthcoming landmark executive order requiring a $10.10/hour minimum wage for employees of federal contractors. Change to Win is proud to stand with all low wage workers fighting to improve their circumstances. As the White House and Department of Labor work to prepare the details of the executive order, we wish to strongly state our support for the full inclusion of workers with disabilities, including those today being paid drastically less than minimum wage, in the executive order.
Today, 420,000 workers with disabilities are paid less than minimum wage under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Many of these workers are being employed under federal contracts.
According to the Government Accountability Office, more than half of all 14(c) workers make $2.50/hour or less. As Secretary Perez commented this week on the Diane Rehm Show, Section 14(c) is “a provision of law which has worked to the detriment of people with disabilities.”
We urge the White House to issue an inclusive executive order, including workers with disabilities now under 14(c) programs. In the last several years, we have seen commitments from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon to phase out the use of sheltered workshops – the primary setting where disabled workers are paid less than minimum wage. Vermont ended the use of both sheltered workshops and subminimum wage employment of people with disabilities in 2003. Workers with disabilities have shown time and time again that they are as capable and as worthy of contributing to our workforce as any other American. It is our sincere hope that the President’s forthcoming landmark executive order will reflect that principle.