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

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The New Press, Sep 13, 2011 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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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. Offering a sweeping analysis of the crisis, citing hard-hitting statistics and heartbreaking first-person accounts of exploitation at the hands of employers, this new and 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
Wage Theft
How Employers Steal Wages
Payroll Fraud
Why Employers Steal Wages
How U S Labor Laws Fail Workers
Why Unions Matter
Front Lines against Wage Theft
Lessons from Frances Perkins
More Important Than
Strengthening State Enforcement
Strengthening Local Enforcement
Stopping Wage Theft Is Good for America
You Can Make a Difference
APPENDICES
Notes

Business Leaders Challenge Wage Theft

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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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