Many came to the city council hearing to support the proposition of a wage theft ordinance, which would enforce labor laws in downtown Northampton businesses. Workers spoke to the city council about wage injustices they have experienced and local residents described how the exploitation of labor laws affects their choice of where to eat out and the necessity for a way to enforce already existing laws.
The Gazette captures folks protesting outside of Zen the day it closed. Zen told their employees they were closing the day they closed and were committing various forms of wage theft, so the Workers Center is speaking up about it!
“Northampton restaurant workers add stories to report’s statistics, Hampshire Gazette”
Friday, April 08, 2016
"Massachusetts Combats Wage Theft"
We received some great coverage in the Gazette today! Adam Dunetz, co-owner of the Roost and Green Bean restaurants in Northampton, said he welcomes increased enforcement of wage and hour laws. “It makes me sure that I’m staying within the lines,” he said. “It helps me make sure I’m doing the job that I’m supposed to be doing — I don’t mind that oversight. It doesn’t scare me.”
The Haymarket Cafe is joining forces with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center to create a movement for restaurant workers to be paid higher wages.