Synopses & Reviews
In what has been described as “the crime wave no one talks about,” billions of dollars worth of wages are stolen from millions of workers in the United States every year—a grand theft that exceeds every other larceny category. Even the Economic Policy Foundation, a business-funded think tank, has estimated that companies annually steal an incredible $19 billion in unpaid overtime. The scope of these abuses is staggering, but activists, unions, and policy makers—along with everyday Americans in congregations and towns across the country—have begun to take notice.
While the first edition of Wage Theft in America documented the scope of the problem, this new edition adds the latest research on wage theft and tells what community, religious, and labor activists are now doing to address the crisis—from passing state and local wage-theft bills to establishing mayoral task forces and tapping agencies that help low-wage workers in spotting wage theft. Offering a sweeping analysis of the crisis, citing hard-hitting statistics and heartbreaking first-person accounts of exploitation at the hands of employers, this new and updated edition of Wage Theft in America offers concrete solutions and a road mapand for putting an end to this insidious practice.
"I don't recall reading a more insightful book about this topic." —Daily Kos
"Argues perfectly for the importance of community allies in improving struggling workers’ lives." —Boston Review
"In this fascinating yet disturbing (and ultimately optimistic) book [Bobo] provides the reader with nothing less than the anatomy of an invisible epidemic." —The Black Commentator
"An enthralling book." —Robert Coles
In what has been described as 'the crime wave no one talks about,' billions of dollars worth of wages are stolen from millions of workers in the United States every year. The scope of these abuses is staggering'"paying employees far less than the legal minimum wage, purposefully misclassifying employees as independent contractors, illegally denying workers overtime pay'"but there are ways to respond. Nationally-recognized labor activist Kim Bobo"s Wage Theft in Americais an incisive handbook for organizers, workers, and concerned citizens on how to prevent the flagrant exploitation of America"s working people. Offering a sweeping analysis of the crisis and providing concrete solutions, with special attention to what a new Presidential administration can do, Wage Theft in Americaaddresses one of the gravest issues facing workers in the 21st-century.
About the Author
Kim Bobo is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation’s largest faith-based network advocating justice in the workplace. She is the author of Wage Theft: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid—And What We Can Do About It
(The New Press) and Lives Matter: A Handbook for Christian Organizing
and a co-author, with Jackie Kendall and Steve Max, of Organizing for Social Change
, the most widely used manual on progressive activism in the country. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.