Interfaith Worker Justice Stands With Workers Experiencing Wage Theft Calls People of Faith to Join in the Struggle to End this Crime

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For Immediate Release, November 12, 2012
Contact: Cathy Junia
Phone: 773-728-8409 x 40

National – On Nov. 14-16, Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) affiliate worker centers have planned a variety of actions highlighting the prevalence of wage theft, and what communities are doing to fight this crime. In cities around the country, worker justice advocates are standing up against the illegal nonpayment of wages.

During the Nov. 14-16 National Days of Action, Workers Centers in the IWJ network will hold a variety of actions around the issue of wage theft:

• The Micah Center in Grand Rapids, MI will hold a rally on November 14 outside of Grand Rapids City Hall, shortly before city commissioners vote on a city ordinance against wage theft.
• The “Down with Wage Theft” coalition in Houston, Texas is hosting a celebration of local workers that calls for an end to wage theft.
• The Workers Interfaith Network in Memphis, TN will be holding a protest in front of a local T.G.I. Friday’s to demand payment for a worker owed $1,572 in back wages.

Wage theft affects millions of workers and occurs when employers pay less than minimum wage, refuse overtime pay, force workers to work off the clock, hold back final paychecks, misclassify employees as independent contractors, and fail to pay workers at all.

Interfaith worker advocates were part of the coalition that pressured the County Board of Commissioners in Broward County, Florida to stand up for workers and honest businesses by approving a Wage Recovery Ordinance. Their efforts are part of a movement led by the IWJ affiliate network fighting for workers’ rights and winning victories, including tough anti-wage theft and paid sick day legislation, in cities and states across the U.S.

“People of faith and conscience all over the country are speaking out against the injustice of wage theft,” said Kim Bobo, the Executive Director of IWJ. “Since we started mobilizing workers and their advocates more than a decade ago, our affiliates have moved many cities and states to pass ordinances that combat wage theft in their communities. Next year our organization plans to work on strengthening our relationship with the Department of Labor and other agencies to ensure that wage theft is on their agenda.”

Interfaith Worker Justice has been organizing, educating and advocating at the intersection of faith and work since 1996.