New York State Senator Diane Savino, New York State Assembly Member Carl Heastie, and the Coalition to Prevent Wage Theft & Protect Responsible Businesses stood in front of the SOHO location of Scoop NYC, a business that illegally withheld half a million dollars in overtime pay from workers to announce the introduction of comprehensive state legislation to reform the New York State Labor Law (S.7050/A.10163). The coalition is comprised of low-income workers, not-for-profit organizations, civic legal organizations, organized labor, and small businesses.
By Nicole BreskinDNAinfo Reporter/ProducerSOHO — Retail workers, activists and politicians turned out to announce the introduction of a new bill that could protect local workers from losing millions of dollars in unpaid wages.State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Carl Heastie announced the Wage Theft Prevention Act in SoHo on Friday, which will stiffen penalties and heighten enforcement for companies that illegally withhold or steal wages from their employees. The bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this week.
Daily News EditorialSaturday, March 13th 2010, 4:00 AMAdvocates for immigrants and the poor want thestate to crack down on a type of robbery rampant inNew York: wage theft.We stand with them because too many companieshave gotten away with stiffing employees of thefruits of their hard-earned labor.The National Employment Law Project estimatesmore than 317,000 New Yorkers are cheated out ofpay, to the tune of $18.4 million a week...
Huffington PostBy: Amy TraubNearly a billion dollars were stolen in New York City last year, and the thieves aren't even worried about getting caught. If this were an epidemic of street crime, the city and state would have acted long ago.Instead, the crooks in question are corrupt bosses who steal their employees' earnings by paying less than minimum wage, making them work off the clock, pilfering tips, misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and a host of other schemes. As a result, the theft is harder to detect. But Albany is finally on the case.
The right for workers to organize for mutual aid and protection is one of our most time-honored traditions in this country. Unfortunately, some businesses choose to not play by the rules. Here is a NY1 story on a Senate Hearing, we held on unfair labor practices at the EZ Pass Center in Staten Island.
(New York)- State Senator Diane J. Savino, joined State Senator Peralta, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly member Jeff Aubry, Make the Road New York, The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 in calling for the passage of the The Wage Theft Prevention Act, S7050 (Savino), A10163( Heastie).