Workers’ Center Receives Award for ‘Wage Theft’ Work at CNY Labor-Religion Coalition Event: Kim Bobo, Featured Speaker

The CNY Labor-Religion Coalition hosted its 9th Annual Solidarity Supper on Sunday, May 17 in Syracuse. The event featured Kim Bobo, author of Wage Theft in America. It is the first and only book to document the wage theft crisis in the nation and proposes practical solutions for addressing it.and a columnist for Religion Dispatches.

Kim Bobo is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, a national organization based in Chicago that mobilizes religious support for low-wage workers and rebuilds partnerships with the labor movement.

IWJ is leading a national campaign to challenge wage theft and seeking new ways to collaborate with government agencies to better enforce labor laws.

The LRC event honored four individuals for leadership in support of workers in the region. Honorees include:

* Catherine Quinn Kay, Assistant District Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

* Pete Meyers, Tompkins County Worker’s Center, Coordinator

* Elisa Morales, International Victim Advocate and Outreach Coordinator, Vera House; founding member, Anti-Trafficking Task Force

* Michael Lax, MD, Medical Director of the Occupational Health Clinical Center