In the aftermath of Hurricane’s Katrina and Ike federal money was
set aside for the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast. What you may not know
is that the Bush administration, at the same time, suspended regulations guaranteeing that federal employees receive a minimum wage. According to Kim Bobo, the author of Wage Theft in America,
billions of dollars are stolen from workers every year, not only in
times of crisis. And there are few incentives for employers to obey the
Roughly 2 million American workers are not paid a minimum wage. And
some 3 million are mis-classified as independent contractors instead of
employees and millions more are illegally denied overtime pay. As the
recession deepens and the government pledges to create jobs will they
be jobs that pay a livable wage?
GRITtv speaks to Kim Bobo, Cathy Ruckelshaus, Litigation Director for the National Employment Law Project, Terri Gerstein, Deputy Commissioner for Wages and Immigrants at the New York State Department of Labor, and Deborah Axt of Make the Road New York.
Watch the video here…