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CPC Wage Theft Letter to Perez

CPC Wage Theft Letter to Perez

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Democratic Congressman Rep. Keith Ellison is urging the U.S. Labor Department to step up enforcement against wage theft.

Ellison and two Democratic colleagues wrote to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez this week, asking him to do more to address complaints of companies that hold federal contracts paying workers below the minimum wage, demanding off-the-clock work and denying time-and-a-half pay for overtime.

The lawmakers also asked Perez to make data on wage theft more accessible to federal agencies so they can make better decisions about which companies deserve contracts.
Democratic Congressman Rep. Keith Ellison is urging the U.S. Labor Department to step up enforcement against wage theft.

Ellison and two Democratic colleagues wrote to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez this week, asking him to do more to address complaints of companies that hold federal contracts paying workers below the minimum wage, demanding off-the-clock work and denying time-and-a-half pay for overtime.

The lawmakers also asked Perez to make data on wage theft more accessible to federal agencies so they can make better decisions about which companies deserve contracts.

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March
31,
2014Secretary
Thomas
F.Perez
U S
Department
o
Labor
Frances
Perkins
Building
200
Constitution
Ave.
NW
Washington
DC,
20210
Dear
Secretary
Perez,
We
write
to
bring
yourattention
to
an
opportunity
to
build
on
your
long-standingcommitmenttoAmericanworkersbyfocusing
on
wage
theftby
federal
government
contractors.Weurge
the
Department
o
Labor
totake
action
to
ensure
thefederal
government
is
protectingAmericanworkers
throughstrongerenforcement
o
currentlaborlaws
relating
towage
theft
and
a
swift
resolution
to
ongoing
wage
theftcomplaints
within
federal
contractsWe
also
request
greater
accessibility
o
data
onwage
theft
violations
that
would
lay
the
groundwork
for
makingmore
just
contract
awarddecisions.
President
Obama
took
a
bold
step
forward
when
he
signed
Executive
Order
13658
requiring
federalcontractors
toincreasethe
minimum
wage
fortheirlow
wage
workers.
He
also
took
action
to
extend
and
enforce
overtime
rules.
Weapplaud
these
actions
for
American
workers.
However,
without
stronger
wage
theft
enforcement,
these
wage
increasesand
overtime
protections
could
be
at
risk.
 
federal
contractors
failed
to
comply
with
wage
and
hour
lawswhen
the
minimum
wagewas 7.25,
theymay
be
more
l k ly
to
ignore
the
new
minimum
wage
o
10.10
as
well
as
the
newovertime
regulations.
Recentstudies
indicate
thatfederalcontractors
are
among
America’s
worst
perpetrators
o
wagetheft.
A
reportby
the
Health,
Education,
Labor,
and
Pensions
(HELP)
Committee
o
the
United
States
Senate
revealedthat
32°o
o
thelargest
Department
o
Labor
penalties
for
wage
theft
were
levied
against
federalcontractors.
Similarly,
a
NationalEmploymentLawProject
study
foundthatnearly
one
in
three
low-wage
contract
workers
in
the
DCmetro
area
reported
stolen
wages.
Contractworkers
at
the
Ronald
Reagan
Building
and
Union
Station
filed
wage
theftcomplaintsalleging
widespread
violations
o
law
amongfederalcontractors,
including
being
paid
below
the
minimum
wage,
being
forced
to
work
o
the
clock,
and
not
receiving
time-and-a-halffor
overtime.Weurge
the
Department
o
Labor
to
immediately
resolve
existing
wage
theftcomplaints
like
these.
According
tothe
HELPCommitteereport,
one
o
the
primary
barriers
to
a
more
just
contracting
process
is
that
contracting
officers
cannot
readily
discern
which
contractors
have
violated
the
law.
Making
thesedata
easily
accessible
would
enable
contracting
officers
to
make
informed
decisions.Evenbetter
oversight
would
result
 
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American
people
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