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Religious coalition in Palm Beach calls for countywide anti-wage theft ordinance

By | 11.08.11 | 3:54 pm | More from The Florida Independent

People Engaged in Active Community Efforts — aka PEACE, a coalition of  27 religious congregations from Palm Beach County — told 450 of its members Monday night that it is urgent to continue their campaign to create a countywide anti-wage theft ordinance.

Florida GOP state senator files bill prohibiting anti-wage theft local ordinances

By | 11.08.11 | 1:56 pm | More from The Florida Independent

State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, today filed a bill to prohibit Florida municipalities from “adopting or maintaining” local ordinances that crack down on wage theft, the practice of stiffing workers out of money they are owed.

Lower Florida unemployment rate driven by growth in ‘lower wage industries’

By | 10.21.11 | 3:32 pm | More from The Florida Independent

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reports that the state’s unemployment rate for the month of September dipped slightly to 10.6 percent, still well above the 9.1 percent national rate.

Progressive news out of Florida: Miami-Dade workers to benefit from wage theft ordinance

By | 09.23.11 | 11:06 am | More from The Florida Independent

Early Friday morning, Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted to approve county Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed budget of $6.1 billion, which includes funding to enforce the county’s wage theft ordinance.

According to a press release issued Thursday by the mayor’s office:

“The Wage Theft Ordinance has proven to be an effective


Broward County, Fla., construction workers say they’re not being paid

By | 08.29.11 | 5:18 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Cesar, a construction worker who asked that we not use his last name, tells The Florida Independent he has not been paid after working eight weeks at a construction project in the Broward County city of Sunrise. He says at least 50 workers who work 10 hours or more a More…

Report: Workers, visa system exploited by employers

By | 11.05.10 | 3:04 pm

Via the Kansas City Star, a government report released this week found that foreign workers are at times abused and exploited under the H-2B visa program, which allows companies to hire foreign workers for temporary jobs they can’t fill with Americans. The Government Accountability Office found that some More…

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Workers Rebuilding New Orleans Face Rampant Wage Theft

By | 09.01.10 | 4:30 am

This week, The Washington Independent is featuring a series of investigative stories on the rebuilding of New Orleans, five years after Hurricane Katrina. Find all of them here.

Jacinta Gonzalez, an organizer with the Congress of Day Laborers in New Orleans, tells a story about the abuse of workers More…