Five Bucks An Hour When the Minimum Wage is $8.50? That’s Theft.

On Thursday, June 27, at 6:00 p.m., Working America, OLE, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, and attorneys from the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty will host a clinic for workers to discuss wage theft, safety, harassment and discrimination on the job.  Attorneys will also work with the workers to come up with solutions and take next steps regarding their situations.

The clinic is part of Working America’s summer “Got Your Raise Yet?” campaign to educate low-wage workers on the recent minimum wage raise from $7.50 to $8.50 that went into effect on January 1, 2013.

The campaign will also put pressure on the Albuquerque mayor and city council, who have refused to enforce the voter-approved wage increase, though thousands of low-wage workers continue to struggle.

Organizers will distribute education materials such as tip cards in restaurants where workers are eligible for the raise. These cards will inform workers about the raise and provide them with tools to get more information and share experiences. During the “Got Your Raise Yet?” campaign, organizers and members will also actively pressure the city council and mayor’s office for enforcement through worker testimonials.

WHO: Workers, organizers with Working America, OLE and El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos and attorneys from the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

WHAT: Workers clinic to discuss wage theft, safety and harassment on the job

WHEN: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013

WHERE: Working America Office, 201 Coal Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Want to learn more? Contact Ianthe Metzger at imetzger@workingamerica.org or 202-538-2026.

Are you a worker who isn’t getting paid at last $8.50 an hour, or a tipped worker who isn’t making $3.83 an hour? Text RAISE505 to 30644 to tell us your story.

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