Anti Wage-Theft Presentation By Karen Richards

Several community groups have come together to educate the public about wage theft, an often overlooked but widespread problem for workers in Oregon. Wage theft occurs when employers pay less than minimum wage, don’t pay overtime, steal tips, or require employees to work off the clock. The anti-wage theft campaign hopes to increase penalties for employers who short-change workers.

Ramon Ramirez, the president of PCUN, Oregon’s farmworker’s union, is speaking in Eugene Wednesday. Lisa Arkin, the Executive Director of Beyond Toxics, describes Ramirez as having a deep history in the worker’s justice movement:

“When he was a student in California, he walked alongside Cesar Chavez in the famous grape boycotts of the ’70s and ’80s and he has played a significant role in farmworker and worker justice issues in the state of Oregon.”

The presentation, “Worker Justice and Wage Theft in Oregon,” takes place Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:00 at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene.