If you’ve read the most recent study by the Economic Policy Institute about the amount of stolen wages that the Department of Labor (DOL) recovered in 2015 and 2016, you will understand why it is so important to stand in solidarity with low-wage workers at the Summit-Orange Grove Project.
The numbers are shocking! California tops the chart with $116,723,603 in stolen wages recovered for both years. But as the study points out, it is just a drop in the bucket.
This is why we ask you to join us tomorrow, Tuesday, December 19 at 10 AM at the corner of Orange Grove Blvd. and Summit for a rally and press conference to call on RAAM to end wage theft at their construction sites.
Wage theft disproportionately affects low income workers, who are already struggling to make ends meet. A loss of a week’s pay can be devastating to these workers and their families. Now more than ever, given our current political climate and the assault on the rights of workers and immigrants, we must stand in solidarity with those who have courageously come forward with claims of wage theft.
Last year, when POP!, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), and hundreds of workers won a $15/hour minimum wage, we made sure that the ordinance created tools to enforce the law and hold violators accountable. But the reality is that as a community we must remain vigilant and come together to end these illegal practices.
Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!)