By Mike Araujo on June 23, 2016
“While more work needs to be done to address the growing problem of wage theft, this bill provides an important tool for Rhode Island workers,” says Robert McCreanor, executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Economic Progress Institute, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, Jeremy Rix, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI Department of Labor and Training, Robert McCreanor, Scott Jensen, wage theft | Leave a response
By Jeremy Rix on June 20, 2016
Wage theft in Rhode Island may be a much bigger problem than robbery. And, as Steve Ahlquist previously reported, even high profile violators may be getting away with a slap on the wrist with workers left with little recourse.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Joseph Shekarchi, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, wage theft | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 19, 2016
Workers at Eastland Food Products Inc voted overwhelmingly to unionize with UFCW Local 328. The vote Thursday was 74-37 in favor of the union.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 13, 2016
There are employees at Eastland who have worked there for twenty years, and they’re still making minimum wage. Workers claim to have never been paid time and a half to work on Sundays. There are allegations of sexual harassment, wage theft, and 60 to 80 hour work weeks. No one working there has ever had a vacation or paid sick days.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2015
Fast food employees, restaurant workers and labor allies rallied outside the Wendy’s restaurant at 771 Warwick Ave in Warwick around noon as part of a national effort to kick off a year-long $15 minimum wage campaign ahead of next year’s presidential elections. Nearly 100 people gathered in the parking lot of Wendy’s, where the management […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Elections, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged 1199 SEIU Rhode Island, Brown Student Labor Alliance, Cafe Atlantic, fight for 15, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, jesse strecker, jo-ann gesterling, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Teriyaki House, wage theft, wendys | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 20, 2015
“When we entered their trailer, they told us that they would talk with us if we just stepped outside,” said Fuerza Laboral organizer Phoebe Gardner, “As soon as we did so, they ran behind us and shut and locked the trailer door. When I tried to put my foot out to block them from closing the door, one Mill Creek rep pushed me out of the way. The police came almost immediately and kicked us off the property but agreed to deliver the letter we had for Mill Creek.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor | Tagged Allstate Interiors, fuerza laboral, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, Metrowest Worker Center, Phoebe Gardner, wage theft | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 12, 2015
“When workers formally brought complaints to the subcontractor for their unpaid wages in April 2015, Wood Partners denied all claims. Ten workers have submitted wage theft complaints with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Since the subcontractor has refused to pay and Wood was the ultimate beneficiary of the work performed, workers are holding Wood directly accountable for their unpaid wages.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Photos | Tagged Allstate Interiors, fuerza laboral, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, Metrowest Worker Center, Phoebe Gardener, wage theft | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2015
It is the height of absurdity to believe that the same organization that feels it is proper to hold meetings in restaurants that have been found to have engaged in wage theft can be counted on to deal fairly with employees claiming wage theft or other forms of worker abuse.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2015
The police, once they determined that this was a peaceful labor protest, did not interfere, much to the consternation of some of Cho’s neighbors. Since Cho decided against meeting with his former workers, the protesters took a walk through Cho’s neighborhood, chanting and distributing flyers.
By Phil Eil on April 28, 2015
Editor’s note: Former Phoenix editor-turned-freelance journalist Phil Eil says WPRO owes him $1,350 for four stories he wrote in late 2014. He agreed to share the below letter he sent to the Cumulus-owned radio station’s corporate office in Atlanta, as well as the local manager in Rhode Island. “I gave WPRO and Cumulus the benefit […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 16, 2015
Providence became one of over 200 cities to participate in a “National Day of Action to Fight for $15.” In a two hour march through downtown Providence, nearly 100 workers and activists visited businesses engaged in wage theft, low pay and anti-unionization efforts.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Carmen Castillo, DARE, Direct Actions for Rights & Equality, fight for 15, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Malcus Mills, Michael Araujo, Phoebe Gardener, procaccanti group, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, santa brito, tax stabilization, Unite Here Local 217, wage theft | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 14, 2015
The process of sub and sub-sub contracting workers on real estate development worksites makes it too easy for companies to evade the responsibility for properly paying worker wages says Fuerza Laboral organizer Phoebe Gardner.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 4, 2015
“I probably shouldn’t say this,” says Debbie, “but the owner pays me for 40 hours and then I get the rest in cash. Time and a half has never happened. Every restaurant I’ve ever worked at that’s how it always was. You get paid for 40 hours and then everything else is over time, not on a paycheck.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Labor, People, Poverty, State House | Tagged Mike Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, ROC United RI, tipped minimum wage, wage theft | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2015
Having protesters arrive outside your home at 6am to accuse you of theft with a bullhorn is embarrassing and may be even a little frightening for your family. The very possibility that this might happen should serve as a deterrent to any business owner in Providence who might be considering cheating employees out of the money owed to them.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor | Tagged Cafe Atlantic, Economic Policy institute, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, Juan Noboa, Phoebe Gardener, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, wage theft | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2015
Dawn Oliveri, the attorney for Juan Noboa, one of the owners of Café Atlantic accused of non-payment of wages by former employees, contacted me late Friday afternoon to say that her client, “denies that he hasn’t paid people proper wages.”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 15, 2015
“It makes me so angry that I am doing everything I can to provide for my family and do my job the best I can and Noboa doesn’t care about anything but making money for himself,” said Flor Salazar, former employee of Café Atlantic, “Some of us are single mothers and are barely getting by.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Video | Tagged buddy cianci, Cafe Atlantic, economic justice, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, Jose bren, Juan Noboa, olneyville, Phoebe Gardener, Scott Slater, social justice, wage theft | 12 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 20, 2014
“I worked grueling 84 hour weeks, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day on the night shift, from 7pm to 7am,” said Pedro Us in a written statement, “For all that work, and on the night shift, I was paid only $360 a week, way below minimum wage and with no overtime.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Video | Tagged Carmen Castillo, fuerza laboral, george nee, Gourmet Heaven, James Riley, jesse strecker, jobs with justice, Marino Cruz, Phoebe Gardener, wage theft | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 21, 2014
Minimum wage in Rhode Island is currently set at $8 an hour, but if you are a server working in a restaurant earning tips, you can be paid as little as $2.89 and hour. The idea is that the lower wage will be made up for by the tips customers will leave behind for the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 20, 2014
The fight for a fair and equitable minimum wage shifted gears yesterday as protests were executed across the country against “wage theft.” Though it’s difficult to get an exact number, it is estimated that wage theft protests occurred at some thirty McDonald’s locations in cities across the country, including Providence, where about thirty protesters rallied […]
By Bob Plain on March 6, 2013
Even when wage theft is reported in Rhode Island, it isn’t always prosecuted, says Patrick Pierce who lost $1,000 when he didn’t get paid construction for a job he found on Craigslist His employer, he told Dave Fisher last night at the State House, had already been extradited from Florida to Rhode Island on similar […]