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ITHACA, N.Y. – The Tompkins County Workers’ Center handles between 80 and 100 cases of wage theft every year, and that’s scratching the surface of what’s going on just in our community. Employers steal more from their workers than the amount of dollars involved in bank robberies, burglaries, and all other thefts in the U.S. combined. TCWC has helped workers win wage theft judgments of more than $1.35 million, on top of organizing with workers to confront the wage theft in their workplaces directly.

Join us in downtown Ithaca on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to learn more about how companies are finding new ways to exploit workers to reduce costs, including engaging in the age-old practice of wage theft.

Hear from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and NY Department of Labor on their work to prosecute wage thieves on criminal charges. Hear from the Tompkins County DA on local enforcement, and experts and advocates on their eye-opening findings in the field.

Fighting Wage Theft: New Tools for a New Economy

6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

The First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St. (corner of N. Aurora and Buffalo Streeets).

Our panelists, moderated by Pete Meyers, Coordinator, Tompkins County Workers’ Center:

  • Matthew Van Houten, District Attorney, Tompkins County
  • Maria Figueroa, Director of Labor and Policy Research, The Worker Institute
  • Rob Brown, Operations Manager, Tompkins County Workers’ Center
  • Hildalyn Colon, Principal Community Coordinator for Immigrant Communities & Press Officer, New York County District Attorney’s Office
  • Jim Rogers, New York State Department of Labor, Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection;
  • Shannon Gleeson, Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law, and History, Cornell University, ILR School
  • Diana Florence, Attorney-in-Charge, Construction Fraud Task Force, New York County District Attorney’s Office
  • Alex Gancayco, National Labor Relations Board, Field Attorney

Please arrive around 5:30 p.m. to enjoy pizza and pre-program conversation; the session will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

This event is free, but registration is requested to facilitate room set-up and ensure adequate refreshments. To register please use the RSVP link.

This event is being cosponsored by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center and the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR.

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