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   New research by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center says the exploitation of undocumented workers in the residential construction industry is costing Massachusetts taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.


The largest city in western Massachusetts has put a law on the books that aims to curb wage theft in the construction industry.

Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman
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Local legislation is being introduced in Springfield, Massachusetts to curb construction industry wage theft.

Westchester Day Laborers Win Wage Theft Case

May 17, 2019

Three day laborers from Westchester County have won their case in federal court against wage theft. Their attorney calls it a milestone case.

Westchester County Exec Signs Anti-Wage Theft Bill

Dec 3, 2018

The Westchester County executive has signed a bill to help protect workers and consumers. He did so at the site of major grassroots support for the measure.

  Runaway inequality is now America’s most critical economic fact of life. In 1970, the ratio of pay between the top 100 CEOs and the average worker was 45 to 1. Today it is a shocking 829 to one! During that time a new economic philosophy set in that cut taxes, deregulated finance, and trimmed social spending. Those policies set in motion a process that greatly expanded the power of financial interests to accelerate inequality. But how exactly does that happen?

In Runaway Inequality, Les Leopold explains the process by which corporation after corporation falls victim to systematic wealth extraction by banks, private equity firms, and hedge funds. It reveals how financial strip-mining puts enormous downward pressure on jobs, wages, benefits, and working conditions, while boosting the incomes of financial elites.

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New research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst asserts that wage theft is rampant in the residential construction industry in Massachusetts.  A series of case studies found workers – mostly immigrants -- who went unpaid for weeks, were denied pay for overtime, or paid less than they were promised.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the lead author of the paper, Tom Juravich, a UMass Amherst labor professor.