Low Wage Fast Food Workers Protests Rock US

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WASHINGTON (VR)— Thursday saw the latest wave of protests in an 18 month-old campaign to improve the lamentable conditions obtaining for low-wage workers in the US. Demonstrators gathered in more than 100 cities to agitate for fair wages, enforcement of existing labor laws, and the right to form a union without retaliation from employers...

Meanwhile, the defunding of departments of labor at all levels of government has diluted oversight and enforcement of existing labor laws, and allowed employers to pursue so-called wage theft on a colossal scale. Founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice Kim Bobo estimated in Wage Theft in America (2011) that anywhere from $100-200 billion of earned wages never reaches lower wage workers each year.

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