Austin City Council passed a resolution making Austin the first city to add comprehensive protections for workers into its corporate-incentive program.
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Friday morning, Austin City Council upheld a decision to revoke a $3.8 million incentive deal with Indiana-based developer White Lodging. Labor groups say the company violated a prevailing wage agreement and underpaid its employees.
In 2011, Austin-based Workers Defense Project successfully lobbied for the wage theft code amendment, authored by Senator Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso), that made it harder for employers to get away with stealing workers’ wages. The amendment to the Texas criminal code closed a loophole which allowed employers to get away with paying employees only partially for their work without facing criminal charges. El Paso has become the first city outside of Austin to indict an employer for stealing wages.
The Workers Defense Project held its Day of the Fallen march on Feb. 27 to commemorate Texas construction workers who have been killed on the job.
The Austin-based nonprofit organization, Workers Defense Project, says workers’ rights need to be part of the conversation as legislators in Washington, D.C. hash out immigration reform. On Thursday the group released a study, “Build a Better Nation,” that found 50 percent of all construction workers in Texas are undocumented.
In recent years, Austin has become a generous incentive-giver to corporations – but not all companies keep up their end of the deal. On […]
Workers Defense Project honors local officials for pushing living wage floor for laborers working on projects that receive financial incentives.