From Weight Checking to Wage Checking: Arming Workers to Combat Wage Theft
38 Pages Posted: 7 May 2014
Date Written: May 6, 2014
The plight of low wage workers is drawing increased attention and with it proposals for a better address to the problem of wage theft. Giving workers legal voice via collective bargaining is not thought practicable. Consequently, the proposals offered thus far are directed to the labor inspectorates, federal and state, or call for better coordination with or reliance on voluntary groups in civil society, especially worker centers. This article essays a return to a model of representation geared to wage theft in coal mining a century ago. Thirteen states enacted such laws; some are still on the books. This essay proposes to revitalize this model as a means of assuring conformity with wage and hour laws and as a potential step toward collective representation.
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