Wage Theft In America: Why Millions of Americans Are Not Getting Paid—And What We Can Do About It

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The New Press, Mar 4, 2014 - Law - 258 pages
“This book will give you an entirely new perspective on work in America.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
 
In what has been described as “the crime wave no one talks about,” billions of dollars’ worth of wages are stolen from millions of workers in the United States every year—a grand theft that exceeds every other larceny category. Even the Economic Policy Foundation, a business-funded think tank, has estimated that companies annually steal an incredible $19 billion in unpaid overtime. The scope of these abuses is staggering, but activists, unions, and policymakers—along with everyday Americans in congregations and towns across the country—have begun to take notice.
 
While the first edition of Wage Theft In America documented the scope of the problem, this new edition adds the latest research on wage theft and tells what community, religious, and labor activists are now doing to address the crisis—from passing state and local wage-theft bills to establishing mayoral task forces and tapping agencies that help low-wage workers in spotting wage theft.
 
Citing hard-hitting statistics and heartbreaking first-person accounts of exploitation at the hands of employers, this updated edition of Wage Theft In America offers concrete solutions and a roadmap for putting an end to this insidious practice.
 

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Contents

Title Page
1637
Wage Theft
1648
How Employers Steal Wages
1674
Payroll Fraud
1696
Why Employers Steal Wages
1717
Strengthening Enforcement
1732
How U S Labor Laws Fail Workers
1733
Why Unions
1752
Lessons from Frances Perkins
1825
More Important
1838
Strengthening State Enforcement
1898
Strengthening Local Enforcement
1927
Stopping Wage Theft Is Good for America
1944
You Can Make a Difference
1960
APPENDICES
1981
Notes

Front Lines against Wage Theft
1775
Business Leaders Challenge Wage Theft
1796

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About the author (2014)

Kim Bobo is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice and a columnist for Religion Dispatches. She is the author of Lives Matter: A Handbook for Christian Organizing and the co-author (with Jackie Kendall and Steve Max) of Organizing for Social Change, the most widely used manual on progressive activism in the country. She lives in Chicago.

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