The thousands of people who attend the Minnesota State Fair will have the opportunity to learn about the pervasive problem of wage theft on Tuesday, Aug. 29. On that day, members of the End Wage Theft Coalition will staff a kiosk at the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s Labor Pavilion.
By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates Union News Service
Saying too many bosses steal workers' wages, congressional Democrats introduced legislation to crack down on wage theft, through stiff fines, enabling worker class action suits, and, in the worst cases, threats of criminal prosecution.
One worker after another, they described how employers failed to pay them for work they performed. They included a truck driver, a home health care worker, a retail cleaner and a school worker. All spoke at a roundtable Wednesday hosted by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service and moderated by Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith.
Six workers and a union contractor told legislators how stealing employees' pay hurt them, their families and the state. They testified in favor of the Wage Theft Prevention Act at a Minnesota Senate committee hearing.
Community members rallied outside a Minneapolis restaurant Monday to protest proposals to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage. That practice, they said, can lead to workers being robbed of wages they have earned.