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WHAT IS THE LOS ANGELES WORKER CENTER NETWORK?

Our mission is to raise the visibility of, and support organizing by, low-wage workers, immigrant and refugee workers, and workers of color in Los Angeles.

Many of us belonged to the Coalition to End Wage Theft, and celebrated a huge victory on July 1, 2016 when the minimum wage increased across LA County and City. However, after Trump’s election, the Coalition saw that the ongoing fight for economic justice alone was simply not enough.

We broadened our reach to include rapid response to immigration threats, all the while caring for our health and wellness during this crisis for low-wage immigrant workers and workers of color in LA. The LA Worker Center Network was formed in Spring of 2017 and since then has focused on wage enforcement along with rapid response to immigration-based threats. 

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WHAT IS WAGE THEFT?

Wage theft is when an employer does not pay workers what they have earned. Los Angeles is the wage theft capital of the nation — $26.2 million is stolen from workers every week.

Wage theft takes many forms, including: not being paid minimum wage, not being paid overtime, lack of meal breaks, lack of rest breaks, tip stealing, illegal deductions, misclassification as an independent contractor, being paid by the piece, and even complete non-payment.

80% of all low-wage workers in Los Angeles experience wage theft. And those who fight to reclaim their wages through the State Labor Commissioner often wait years to receive a decision. Of those who win their wage claims, only 17% collect even a dime of their money owed.

Wage theft is a crime. We need to take action in Los Angeles to collect, protect, and enforce workers’ wages.

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED WAGE THEFT?

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You may be a victim of wage theft if:

  • You work piece rate or off the books
  • You’re forced to clock out early and keep working
  • You’ve had your tips stolen
  • You don’t receive meal or rest breaks
  • You don’t receive minimum wage
  • You don’t get paid overtime
  • Your paycheck is deducted for expenses such as uniforms and work tools
  • You work as an employee but are misclassified as an independent contractor

Download the worker infographic. Spanish. English.

WHO ARE WE?

We are a coalition of worker centers and labor organizations throughout LA County. We have united under the following pledge:

    1. We pledge to support the self-determination and dignity of LA’s low-wage workers and affirm that:
      1. Migration is a right
      2. Workers deserve human and civil rights protections, including implementation of their wage and hour, labor, health and safety, anti-retaliation and anti-discrimination rights
      3. Workers are whole people who deserve safe and affordable housing, access to affordable healthcare and quality education, including workforce development
      4. Workers deserve full access to employment and opportunities to employment and should not be burdened by unfair and draconian hiring practices
      5. Workers have built and are a rich part of the fabric of our vibrant communities and should not be displaced

 

The LAWCN includes:

  • Black Worker Center
  • Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
  • CLEAN Carwash Campaign
  • Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles
  • Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)

  • Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
  • National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
  • Pilipino Workers Center
  • Garment Worker Center
  • SEIU United Service Workers West

  • Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)
  • Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Warehouse Workers Resource Center
  • UCLA Labor Center
  • UFCW 770

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