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Some seats still remain for tomorrow’s NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon with national workers’ rights leader Kim Bobo.

Bobo helped coin the phrase “wage theft” for employer practices that are robbing earned income from millions of Americans and her book Wage Theft in America helped place the issue on the national radar.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from this extraordinary leader.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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A new report from the N.C. Justice Center and the UNC Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic explores the stories of 10 typical North Carolina workers who have experienced what appears to be a growing trend in our state: wage theft (i.e. an employer’s underpayment or nonpayment of wages to workers who have earned those wages).

“While each worker’s story is unique, common themes emerged from the interviews,” said Sabine Schoenbach, a Policy Analyst with the Workers’ Rights Project at the NC Justice Center and co-author of the report. “For all participants, wage theft created economic uncertainty, and even small wage violations had significant financial consequences. Moreover, serious barriers to redress, including the threat of retaliation, existed.”

You can read the release that accompanied the report by clicking here and the full report by clicking here.

 

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Raleigh will play host to a pair of competing and very different luncheons dealing with public policy this Thursday.

We at NC Policy Watch will be hosting a Crucial Conversation with Kim Bobo, the founder and director of the national advocacy organization, Interfaith Worker Justice. Kim has been named one of Utne Reader‘s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” and helped coin the phrase “wage theft” for employer practices that are robbing earned income from millions of Americans. Her book Wage Theft in America helped place the issue on the national radar.Click here for more information.

 Meanwhile, over at the Pope Civitas Institute, folks on the right will be hearing from the boss, himself, Art Pope. Pope has, to our knowledge, never been named anything by Utne Reader, written a book or been called a “visionary” by anyone with any horse sense, but he is clearly well along in a decades-old campaign to enhance the incomes of the state’s top 1%.

We hope you’ll show your support for alternative voices to Pope and the politicians and groups he funds by registering for and attending the Crucial Conversation. Hope to see you there!