For Immediate Release, June 13, 2013
Cathy Junia, IWJ Communications Director
773-710-9837 / firstname.lastname@example.org
***News Advisory/Interview Opportunity***
San Diego, CA – Kim Bobo, Interfaith Worker Justice executive director and author of the definitive book on wage theft, will meet with local faith leaders and worker advocates Monday, June 25, to talk about the growing national wage theft crisis and what groups around the country are doing to fight it.
It has been estimated that the average low-wage worker loses 15 percent of his or her annual income to wage theft, through denied overtime pay, underpayment, misclassification and other schemes. Wage theft is a multi-billion-dollar crime that hurts not only workers and their families, but also ethical business, communities and local economies.
Interfaith Worker Justice and its network of workers centers around the country are at the frontlines of the struggle to end this crime against workers. In the past 18 months, legislation has been passed in Texas, San Francisco, Seattle and Miami-Dade County. More cities and localities are gearing up to launch their own wage theft campaigns.
The National Employment Lawyers Association will honor Bobo for her work around wage theft, her commitment to worker issues and for mobilizing people of faith on behalf of struggling workers.
Interfaith Worker Justice has been organizing, educating and advocating at the intersection of work and faith since 1996. There are 70 affiliated organizations in the IWJ network, including a variety of interfaith groups and more than two dozen worker centers. More groups form every year.