Rebecca Smith coordinates the Immigrant Worker Justice Project for the National Employment Law Project.
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Friday, October 24, 2014
It Takes a Village to Enforce Fair Wage Laws
Seattle made history in June when it became the first major city in America to pass a livable minimum wage of $15 an hour. Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and other cities around the country are taking steps in that direction, too. But winning a robust minimum wage is only half of the battle. Last...
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Domestic Workers Struggle Now Like Women in 'The Help'
The movie “The Help” has attracted throngs of movie-goers, swept up in the story of domestic workers struggling for dignity and respect in Civil Rights–era Mississippi. Viewers might be surprised to learn that in the current era, domestic workers continue to live out those same struggles across America and throughout the world. Back in the 1930s, under the New Deal, most workers won the rights to organize and bargain collectively, and secured minimum wage and overtime protections. But that wasn’t true for domestic workers.