Now, more than ever, working families must stand together in solidarity. I don’t want to sound alarmist, but even while things appear to be going well from a jobs perspective it is critical that workers unite, there are major challenges facing the workforce.
From a union perspective, the 2018 Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was an outright assault on organized labor, giving large corporations an upper hand in dividing workers, further weakening bargaining power.
Unions were formed to give workers strength and power to negotiate with employers, they have always given the men and women that build our roads and skyscrapers, teach in our classrooms, keep our hospitals working and transportation infrastructure operational a voice on the job.
While employers, and many in government, seek to erode the rights we have fought for and won as the Labor Movement, we can not back down.
Wage theft is also becoming a more common tactic employed by large employers. These crimes come in many forms including outright refusal to pay employees for hours worked to withholding compensation and benefits without cause. Many employers continued to misclassify their employees, skirting their responsibility to pay fair wages and payroll taxes. In its last review the IRS found that misclassification cost workers as much as $1.6 billion.
We can not stand for continued attacks on America’s workers, on the men and women that built our country, and made it great.
Together we can, and will, do better.
Paul Roldan is the Business Manager for Laborers Local 3