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Saturday, December 23, 2017

華人前進會與州市議員攜手爭取立法保護勞工薪資

The Chinese Progressive Association and State Representative Aaron Michlewitz joined community stakeholders and victims of wage theft for a rally in support of state legislation to curb wage theft and to promote employer accountability.


BOSTON, MA – In a lunchtime rally, members of the Chinese Progressive Association and state and local leaders joined together in support of the Massachusetts wage theft bill (S 999 / H 1033) and to demand missing pay for workers.

"Our workers center has been around for 30 years. Wage theft is the most common problem that we have seen among workers. These builders are making huge profits from renovations but are paying their workers nothing. We have to stand up to stop wage theft," said Karen Y. Chen, Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association, while addressing the energized crowd.

The legislation, that passed the Senate last session and was reintroduced in January, seeks to prevent wage law violations by granting additional power to the Attorney General to hold employers and contractors accountable.

"House Bill 1033 would be a great step to get the Attorney General what she needs to help workers. We have over 140 sponsors, which shows that this is a problem, not just in Boston, but in all of Massachusetts. We need to get this bill passed to stop this from happening to Massachusetts' workers," said Representative Michlewitz, who introduced the bill in January this year.

"I stand with workers in our community to stop wage theft. This is a serious problem in my district and in the state," said Boston City Councilor-Elect Ed Flynn, who also attended the event in Downtown Boston.

Boston City Councilor-Elect Kim Janey 
also marched with attendees lending her support for wage theft legislation.

The rally was also attended by workers from the Chinese community who contend they fell prey to predatory contractors involved in wage theft, which frequently impacts immigrant workers, particularly in the construction industry.

"We have to use worker and community power to stop wage theft. People need to be paid for the work they do. When people don't get paid, they can't support their families or live a healthy life," said Wei Min Zheng, a Quincy resident and a victim of wage theft.

Wage theft has been a chronic problem in Massachusetts and around the country, where few remedies are currently available for victims, particularly vulnerable workers in immigrant communities. For more information about wage theft, and the push for legislation in Massachusetts, please visit 
http://www.stopmasswagetheft.org.

 The rallying wage theft victims are working with the Chinese Progressive Association, a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Their activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve community members in making decisions that affect their communities. For more information on the Chinese Progressive Association please visit 
http://www.cpaboston.org.
 
華人前進會和麻州代表麦家威(Aaron Michlewitz)加入社區利益相關者和工資盜竊受害者的集會,支持州立法,遏制工資盜騙,促進雇主問責。

馬薩諸塞州波士頓 -中午時間在集會上,華人前進會成員和聯同州和地方領袖一起支持馬薩諸塞州反盜騙工資法案(S 999 / H 1033),並要求討回工人工資。

我們的工人中心已經有三十年了,盜騙工資是我們工人中心所見到的最普遍的問題,這些承建商從裝修中賺取巨額利潤,卻沒有給工人一分錢,我們必須站出來阻止盜騙工資的情況,華人前進會執行主任陳玉珍(Karen Y. Chen)在集會中表示。
 通過參議院上次會議並将在1月份重新提出, 立法旨在通過賦予總檢察長額外的權力來握监督雇主和承包商的責任,防止違反工資法律。

“”議會法案1033 “將是向司法部長提供幫助工人所需要的一大步,我們有140多個團體贊助,這表明這不僅只發生在波士頓,而且也是馬薩諸塞州內的一個嚴重的問題。這個法案通過,以阻止這種情況發生在馬薩諸塞州的工人身上,州代表麦家威,他將會在今年1月在議會中介紹該法案。
波士頓市議員愛德華.费连 (Ed Flynn) 也出席了這個活動,他說:我和我們社區的工作人員一起阻止工資被盜,這在我們的地區和州內都是一個嚴重的問題。
波士頓市當選市議員金尼(Kim Janey)也參加了遊行,支持這個法案立法。

華人社區的工人也參加了這次集會,他們認為這些工人受到承建商掠奪性的盜騙工資,經常影響到移民工人,尤其是在建築行業中經常發生。

“我們必須用工人和社區的力量來制止偷骗工資,人們需要為他們所做的工作付錢,當工人沒有得到報酬時,他們不能養家糊口,過健康的生活. “鄭先生是昆西居民,也是盜竊工資的受害者。
盜騙工資在馬薩諸塞州和全國各地都是一個長期的問題,目前對受害者,特別是移民社區的弱勢工人來說,目前幾乎沒有最好的解決辦法。欲了解更多關於盜騙工資的信息,以及推動馬薩諸塞州的立法,請瀏覽http://www.stopmasswagetheft.org


集會中被盜騙 工資的受害者正和華人前進會合作,一個基層社區組織,致力於在大波士頓地區及以外的地區實現華人社區的完全平等和賦權。他們的活動旨在改善美藉華人的生活和工作條件,讓社區成員參與影響社區的決策。有關華人前進會的更多信息,請瀏覽http://www.cpaboston.org

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