Over 200 workers and their supporters vowed to fight back against wage theft at a town hall in southwest DC on Tuesday. “I worked three different retail jobs in DC and my wages were stolen in one way or another in each one,” said Project Retail member Kristi (below). “It’s really important DC does a better job to stop retaliation.” The town hall coincided with the Just Pay Coalition’s release of a new report on wage theft, showing how rampant abuse combined with lax enforcement of labor laws cost workers across the US over $15 billion last year. “Because of bureaucratic barriers and delays, workers have to turn to community groups like ours to seek justice,” said Jaime Cruz of Trabajadores Unidos DC. “We need to end the wage theft epidemic.” The town hall, sponsored by a slew of local labor and community organizations, also drew City Councilmembers Charles Allen, Trayon White and other city officials.
photo courtesy DC Jobs with Justice