A Low Wage Workers Bill of Rights

Progressive Workers Alliance demonstration for low wage workers - www.peoplesworld.org

The San Francisco Progressive Workers Alliance, a coalition of grassroots organizations, organized "A National Day of Action Against Wage Theft" today in San Francisco City Hall. 

Calling wage theft "the most prominent and nefarious crime committed every day against hard working people in our restaurants, construction sites, homes, factories, and retail stores," the alliance is highlighting a recent report, "Check Please!" that has documented the unpaid wages, violations of minimum wage, overtime pay, and illegal deductions that have afflicted workers and their families in the San Francisco Chinatown area (see previous article).

The alliance is calling for Low-Wage Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights calls for enforcement of labor laws, jobs and training, and equal treatment for all workers. They are also distributing a restaurant guide, “Dining for Justice,” to highlight socially responsible restaurants.

The groups included organizations in the Latino, Chinese, Filipino, LGBT and youth communities the city - the Chinese Progressive Association, Latino Day-laborers and Domestic workers of La Raza Centro Legal, Filipino Caregivers of the Filipino Community Center, Young Workers United, Pride at Work of the LGBT community, and People Organized to Win Employment Rights.