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Prog Caucus Wants More Done About ‘Wage Theft’

From the Washington Post:

Congressional Progressive Caucus calls for stronger action against wage theft

By Josh Hicks | April 3, 2014

The leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus this week sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urging the Labor Department to step up its enforcement actions against wage theft.

Apparently ‘wage theft’ has tested well with focus groups. We had never heard the expression until a couple of weeks ago. But, surprisingly enough, ‘wage theft’ isn’t when you have your income taken from you in the form of taxes. And which is then given to those who don’t work.

No, at least according to Wikipedia: "Wage theft is the illegal withholding of wages or the denial of benefits that are rightfully owed to an employee." And we are further informed that: "Wage theft can be conducted through various means: overtime, minimum wage violations, employee misclassification, illegal deductions in pay, working off the clock, or not being paid at all."

Who knew?

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) issued the request on Monday, two days before President Obama visited Michigan to make a case for increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

Not to pick nits, but won’t raising the minimum wage just force more employers to do more and more ‘wage theft’?

The caucus leaders also asked the Labor Department to make data on wage theft more accessible to federal agencies so they can make better-informed decisions about which companies deserve contracts…

Even though back in January Obama mandated, via an executive order, that all government contractors pay a new higher minimum wage of $10.10 an hour. That still isn’t enough. Nothing is ever enough.

Workers-rights groups applauded the caucus leaders for their letter to Perez. Good Jobs Nation said in a statement on Wednesday that the Obama administration should increase its enforcement of wage laws if it is serious about helping low-wage workers.

Tibebe Ayele, an Ethiopian immigrant and D.C. resident, said in the statement that he worked 60 hours per week at a Chinese restaurant without receiving overtime pay…

It’s really a shame how employers exploit illegal aliens. Perhaps they should be punished for hiring illegals in the first place. Which, actually, is the Law Of The Land.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Prog Caucus Wants More Done About ‘Wage Theft’”

  1. BillK

    You hear it again and again in the liberal press – taxes are never “theft,” they’re “paying your fair share” and “giving back.”


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