Help protect working class workers of New Jersey and help to STOP wage theft!
GOAL: Pressure your State Senator and Assemblyperson to vote YES on A5072 / S1396.
ACTION 1: Pre-filled letter automatically sent to all 3 of your elected representatives. Feel free to customize with your comments!
ACTION 2: Call – 1 minute. Find your legislators here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp
SCRIPT: “Please vote yes on A5072 / S1396 which will provide stricter protections against abuse on wage theft.” NOTE: Use “A” bill for Members of Assembly, and “S” for state Senator.
REASONS and FACTS:
-Bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano.
-Nearly 1 million workers in New Jersey earn less than a living wage. They are nursing assistants, home care workers, janitors, waiters and waitresses, cashiers, truck drivers, auto workers, and many others who keep our families and businesses going.
– They are also disproportionately women, people of color, and immigrants.
-A seminal 2009 study by NELP surveyed over 4,000 low wage workers and found that 26 percent were paid less than the required minimum wage in the previous work week, and nearly two thirds experienced at least one pay-related violation in the previous week, such as failure to pay overtime, not being paid for all hours worked, and stolen tips.
– Currently, New Jersey employers found to have violated wage and hour protections must only pay employees the back wages owed, in addition to a minor fine of “no more than $500” (which
in practice, the NJ Department of Labor generally calculates at a standard $250 per violation).
– Workers’ fear of retaliation, as well as their limited knowledge about workplace rights and how to report violations, contribute to the high rates of wage theft.
-This bill would strengthen remedies and penalties, extend the statute of limitations, protect against retaliation, and develop community partnerships to educate and provide outreach to low-wage workers.
This action is from our allies at New Jersey Working Families Alliance