Wage Theft in America

by Chris Sturr | January 28, 2009


We just posted two excerpts from Kim Bobo’s excellent new book Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid—And What We Can Do About It. The shorter excerpt (previously published online by In These Times) gives background information about the concept of wage theft. The longer excerpt (advertised on our home page) is from the final chapter of the book, which gives detailed recommendations about how the U.S. Department of Labor could address wage theft.

Kim will be speaking Thursday night, Jan. 29th in Jamaica Plain (a hip neighborhood in the southwest part of Boston). Here is the event announcement from the Jamaica Plain Forum:

The Jamaica Plain Forum (click here for directions)
Kim Bobo: Wage Theft in America
Thursday, 29 January 2009—7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid-And What We Can Do About It

Kim Bobo, the co-founder of Interfaith Worker Justice discusses her new book, Wage Theft in America, about how billions of dollars worth of wages are stolen from millions of workers.

Each year, billions of dollars’ worth of wages are stolen from millions of workers, a grand theft that exceeds every other larceny category on record annually. In today’s dwindling economy this crime affects more Americans than ever before. In her new book, author and community organizer Kim Bobo offers an incisive information for activists, workers, and concerned citizens on how to prevent flagrant exploitation of America’s working people, including a sweeping analysis of the crisis, hard-hitting statistics, and heart-breaking first-person accounts.

We hope to see some Boston-area D&S subscribers and blog readers there. There will be a D&S table where you can meet John Miller, D&S columnist (“Up Against the Wall Street Journal”) and James McBride, stalwart collective member (and both are JP residents). You’ll also be able to purchase D&S books and copies of the brand-spanking-new January/February 2009 issue of the magazine, complete with a snazzy redesign.

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