UFCW Local 1500
ClientUnited Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500
SkillsPublic Relations, Government Affairs, Lobbying, Campaign Management
Challenge: For far too long, New York State had the weakest laws in the nation regarding employers who refused to pay their workers their fair wages and instead pocketed the money themselves. Wage theft was a $1 Billion a year epidemic, caused by employers not paying their employees either the statutory minimum wage, overtime benefits, or the rate in their union contracts. Penalties for wage theft had been so low that there was essentially an incentive to steal employees’ wages. Recognizing the massive economic injustice being perpetrated upon thousands of New Yorkers, labor advocates turned to the Parkside Group to help right this wrong.
Solution: On behalf of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, which represents more than 22,000 supermarket workers in the New York City Metro Area, and in conjunction with various stakeholder organizations such as Make the Road, the Parkside Group engaged in an aggressive government relations and stakeholder advocacy campaign. Engaging members of the state Legislature, working with the Governor’s office, and coordinating messaging, we were able to pass historic legislation combating wage theft in New York.
Now, New York has one of the toughest wage theft laws in the nation, ensuring thousands of New Yorkers receive the wages they deserve.
Legislation Press Coverage:
- Cuomo signs bill eliminating Wage Theft Prevention Act’s annual wage rate notice requirement
December 31, 2014
- N.Y. overhauls Wage Theft Prevention Act
December 30, 2014