Monday, March 15, 2010

Help WIN deliver hundreds of wage theft petitions to Luttrell and Gibbons

Mark your calendars for Thursday April 8th and plan to join Workers Interfaith Network at noon at the Shelby County Courthouse. We'll be rallying at the courthouse (140 Adams Ave). to tell Shelby County law enforcement that wage theft is a crime!

More than 1,000 of you have now signed printed and electronic petitions to Sheriff Mark Luttrell and District Attorney Bill Gibbons, calling on them to recognize wage theft as a crime. Now it's time to deliver those petitions and tell these elected officials that workers whose wages are being stolen cannot wait.

Some of you who signed the electronic petition may have gotten a response back from the Sheriff's office that implied a new law would need to be passed it order to treat wage theft as a criminal offense. This is incorrect. Like other communities across the country like Austin, Texas, Shelby County could use our state's Theft of Services law to charge employers who hire workers and then never pay them for their labor.

WIN has also posted answers to a few other frequently asked questions about the Wage Theft is a Crime campaign on our website.

Hope to see you on April 8th! And if you haven't signed the petition yet, there's still time left.

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