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Wage Theft, Wage as Theft

Sunday, 25. August 2013

On Thursday, June 27th, fast food workers gathered outside City Hall in New York before a hearing on low wages and wage theft.  Some of the workers described to the reporters of the New York Times the difficulty of living on minimum wage, $7.25 per hour in the state of New York.  One worker, who washes dishes for $7.75/hr at one KFC restaurant in Brooklyn and earns $8/hr mopping the floor of another KFC restaurant in Queens, often found herself having to choose between buying food, paying the bills, or buying a MetroCard so that she can show up to work in order to earn that wage.1  Another worker, who earns $7.75/hr working as a shift manager at a KFC restaurant in Brooklyn recounted how her supervisor cheats her out of earned wages: her checks are often "hours short," and when she works overtime her supervisor clocks her out while she's still on the job to avoid paying her the overtime rate.  Instead, she receives multiple checks at "straight time" rate.2  Wage theft is pervasive in the fast food industry, in New York and elsewhere.3  (continued)...

http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2013/labban230813.html

Is Walmart Retaliating Against Workers Who Strike?

Thursday, 06. June 2013
Is Walmart Retaliating Against Workers Who Strike?

On Friday, AOL Jobs' "Lunchtime Live" video series will feature Erin Johansson, the research director for American Rights at Work, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that advocates for workers rights. Johansson wrote a report, documenting 150 cases in which Walmart workers allege that they were punished for participating in labor and wage protests.

Why are student loan rates so high?

Monday, 20. May 2013


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