VICTORY!!

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VICTORY!

“It gives us hope because we’re being taken seriously,” said Nely Bautista, a wage theft victim and member of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha, a labor advocacy group in Minneapolis. “This change comes from us, the workers. I’m happy because this is going to benefit a lot of people. We are going to be able to work more confidently with the knowledge that the law protects us.” “Lawmakers to vote to make wage theft a felony crime in Minnesota,” Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, May 23, 2019.

After years of CTUL members fighting for stronger worker protections, Minnesota will now have one of the strongest anti-wage theft laws in the country! Some of the highlights include:

  • A criminal statute for wage theft;
  • Stronger authority for the MN Department of Labor and Industry & the Attorney General;
  • Civil penalties for retaliation against workers who stand up for their rights, and
  • $3 million in additional resources for the Department of Labor.

This is a step forward for working people and for increased equity in the state of Minnesota. Immigrants, people of color, and women are all impacted disproportionately by wage theft – we are shifting resources to enforce the laws that protect us.

Congratulations to all who worked on this, especially Representative Tim Mahoney, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Commissioner Nancy Leppink, Restaurant Organizing Committee, MN AFL-CIO, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, SEIU State Council, SEIU Healthcare MN, and Labor Education Service

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VICTORIA!

Despues de años lucha liderado por miembros de CTUL, Minnesota tendrá uno de las leyes mas fuertes anti-robo de salario en todo el país! Algunos de los detalles sobresalientes incluyen:

  • Pena criminal para robo de salario;
  • Autoridad mas fuerte para el Departamento de Trabajo de Minnesota y el Abogado General;
  • Pena civil para represalia contra trabajadores que defienden sus derechos; y
  • $3 millones en fondos adicionales para el Departamento de Trabajo.

Esto es un paso adelante para la gente trabajadora y para un Minnesota con mas igualdad. Inmigrantes, personas de color, y mujeres son afectados mas por robo de salario – y estamos moviendo recursos para aplicar las leyes que nos protegen.

Felicidades a todos que trabajaron en esto, especialmente Representative Tim Mahoney, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Commissioner Nancy Leppink, Restaurant Organizing Committee, MN AFL-CIO, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, SEIU State Council, SEIU Healthcare MN, y Labor Education Service!