Contact: Jose Eduardo Sanchez
Office: (713) 862-8222
Mobile: (832) 715-5975
For immediate release: July 26, 2012
Up with the workers! Community forum on Wage theft
Community Organizations & Agencies join with Community to Strategize and Improve Working Conditions
Houston, TX – On Saturday July 28, 2012 The Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center, as part of the Down with Wage Theft Campaign, will hold the first ever Community Forum on Wage Theft in the Gulfton area. Community leaders, agencies, and organizations supporting workers rights will be present to talk about the rights and resources available to workers in the community. The forum will also focus on learning directly from the community how they are affected by wage theft and how to take action to improve working conditions.
In the Houston area alone, more than 100 wage and hour violations occur every single week, affecting workers among various industries. A recent report by HIWJ estimates that more than $753 million is lost due to wage theft among low-wage workers in the Houston area.
“This is something that happens so often. It’s not just about getting your money back,” said Antonio Renovato, HIWJ member and worker affected by wage theft. “It’s about making sure it doesn’t happen again. I don’t want my friends or my kids to have to go through this.”
Up with the Workers! Community Forum on Wage Theft will take a look at the holistic impacts on wage theft on the entire community and find ways in which workers, businesses, organizations, and policy makers can work together to bring down wage theft and make Houston a just a prosperous place to work.
Featuring Neighborhood Centers, DOL Wage & Hour Division, District J – Councilmember Mike Laster, & Mi Familia Vota. Free & Open to the Public. Bilingual Event. Food Provided.
WHAT: Community Forum on Wage Theft
WHEN: 2-4pm, Saturday July 28, 2012
WHERE: Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center – 6500 Rookin St. 77074
WHO: Community organizations, agencies, and low-wage workers from surrounding community
WHY: To learn more about the rights and resources workers have in regards to labor violations; to hear directly from workers and community members how they are affected by wage theft and how we can work together to bring down wage theft in Houston