Mobile protest confronts unscrupulous employers, calls for end to abuse of working families

For immediate release: October 23, 2012

MOBILE PROTEST CONFRONTS UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYERS, CALLS FOR END TO ABUSE OF WORKING FAMILIES

Four Stops, 9 Brave Working Families, Dozens of Community Supporters & Over $97,000 in Stolen Wages

Houston, TX – “He didn’t only steal my wages. He stole my plans with my family, my ability to provide for their basic needs, my being there when they needed me.” These are the words of Olga C., a Houston worker and single mother, who is still owed $2,976.42 in unpaid wages for her work at a popular local restaurant.

Olga’s employer is one of the four stops of this year’s Justice Bus, which is a mobile protest organized by the Down with Wage Theft Coalition to highlight the pervasive problem of wage theft in Houston. Other stops include a home care agency, construction contractor and a retail service shop.

Along the route, affected workers – who are supported by a bus full of faith leaders and community members, students and volunteers – will demand their hard-earned wages and call for action against this growing crime.

The Justice Bus will kick off with a press conference in front of City Hall, highlighting the inaction of the Mayor and City Council to take a preventive approach to this crime. It will continue its tour throughout the city to defend the value of our work, to expose the growing problem of wage theft in Houston, and to demand action from our City and Elected Officials.

WHAT:  Press Conference & Mobile Protest to Defend the Value of Our Work

WHEN: 9:30am, Thursday, October 25, 2012

WHERE: In front of the Houston City Hall steps; followed by stops at 4 employers around the city*

WHO: Houston working families accompanied by faith and community leaders

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The Down with Wage Theft Campaign is driven by a coalition of Houston community, faith, & labor organizations, responsible businesses and individuals who believe in standing up for workers’ rights to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and making Houston a just and prosperous place to work. The campaign is spear-headed by the Fe y Justicia Worker Center and supported by the coalition. To learn more about the campaign and what you can do to bring down wage theft in Houston, visit www.downwithwagetheft.org

*Full route and information on individual stops will be released on Thursday morning.

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