Yesterday, Interfaith Worker Justice and a dozen IWJ-affiliated Worker Centers and Interfaith Groups highlighted the crisis of wage theft in their communities as part of a National Day of Action Against Wage Theft. Local groups visited elected officials and local Department of Labor offices to throw their support behind a federal Paystubs for All regulation and participated in direct action at unethical businesses with a track record of wage theft.
The network came together in an impressive show of power against the rampant wage theft many low-wage and immigrant workers face each day on the job. Centro de Trabajadores Unidoes en la Lucha from the Twin Cities, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, Damayan Migrant Workers Center in New York City, MassCOSH in Dorchester, Mass., New Labor from New Jersey, the Pilipino Worker Center in Southern California, South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee, Western North Carolina Workers' Center, the Workers' Center of Central New York, Workers' Dignity Project in Nashville, Center for Worker Justice of Easter Iowa, and the Worker Justice Project in Brooklyn, N.Y. all called for an end to Wage Theft. Some groups leveraged social media to amplify the message, others did good ole' fashioned on-the-ground direct action, a few met with lawmakers and government officials. The day was a huge success. Take a look at some of the photos from actions online and on-the-ground!
Organizations like Damayan Migrant Workers Center, South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, Western North Carolina Workers' Center participated online!
Worker Centers like MashCOSH and New Labor visited employers to call out wage theft! (New Labor visited FIVE locations!)
Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center visited their local office of the Department of Labor
The Worker Justice Project and the Pilipino Worker Center hosted a community event for workers to learn how to prevent wage theft!