The New York Coalition Against Wage Theft, of which Local 79 is a founding member, held a press conference and rally on November 17, 2015 to publicize the publication of the first major report on New York wage theft since 2009. Local 79 members were joined by other Coalition members--Local 78, Local 108, Local 1010, LECET, Make the Road New York, RWDSU, UFCW 1500, CPD, Labor -Religion Coalition, and other community and faith-based groups--to rally in front of a New York Insulation Inc.worksite to highlight the company’s long record of labor violations. They then went across the street, where they heard impassioned speeches from workers who had [...]
Newark, NJ-based construction company Larino Masonry, Inc. has agreed to pay nearly three million dollars in back wages to workers after the company admitted that it had not paid workers prevailing wage, overtime, and fringe benefits on federally-funded projects in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Read the article, which includes a quote from Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska, that appeared in Construction Labor Report about this massive case of wage theft, by clicking here.
The New York Times published a letter on September 9, 2014 from Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska about wage theft. The letter was written in response to a front-page article that detailed efforts to bring an end to wage theft throughout the country. Local 79 is part of the New York Coalition to End Wage Theft, a broad-based coalition of groups that have united to bring an end to employers stealing workers' wages. For more information about the New York Coalition to End Wage Theft, click here.
Local 79 has joined the New York Coalition to End Wage Theft, a coalition that seeks to put an end to the scourge of wage theft through the strengthening and the stricter enforcement of New York's landmark Wage Theft Prevention Act. Other groups in the Coalition include Make the Road New York, the Center for Popular Democracy, Laborers' Local 78 and 108, the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Workers' Union (RWDSU), and the Labor-Religion Coalition. Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska, when asked about the importance of joining the Coalition and fighting against wage theft, answered as follows: "Local 79’s interest in strengthening the Wage [...]