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May 29, 2013

A 2012 report from the Progressive States Network noted that the ratio of federal Department of Labor enforcement agents to U.S. workers has fallen from one for every 11,000 in 1941 to one for every 141,000 today.

May 16, 2013

In 2010, New York passed a statewide anti–wage theft law that the Progressive States Network described as the strongest in the country. In January, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that threatens offending companies with the loss of their business licenses.

May 08, 2013

Takumi decided to work on a Hawaii domestic workers’ bill of rights four years ago, after hearing National Domestic Workers’ Alliance director Ai-jen Poo speak at a Progressive States Network conference about how domestic workers have historically been excluded from all major labor protections, leaving them vulnerable to wage theft and exploitation.

May 07, 2013

The pro-immigrant surge has been a “radical departure” from recent trends, said Alvin Melathe, an immigration expert for the Progressive States Network, which favors immigrant rights.

Apr 09, 2013

Around the country, 16 states, many with largest percentage of undocumented residents, have introduced or plan to introduce resolutions in support of immigration reform. Nevada, New Jersey and New Mexico have resolutions that passed at least one chamber and other states that have introduced resolutions are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas, according to the non-partisan, nonprofit Progressive States Network.

Apr 09, 2013

"The practice of wage theft has reached epidemic proportions and it's imperative that it be stopped," Beckner said. He cited the Progressive States Network in saying that Florida has "zero" laws on the books to prevent wage theft, ranking it only with Alabama and Mississippi in that regard.

Apr 09, 2013
Progressive States Network, a leading national group of pro-immigrant state legislators, announced that state lawmakers from 16 different states have either introduced or plan to introduce resolutions in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
Jan 18, 2013
A 2012 report from the Progressive States Network noted that the ratio of federal Department of Labor enforcement agents to U.S. workers has fallen from one for every 11,000 in 1941, to one for every 141,000 today. When state labor agents are factored in, the authors found "less than 15 percent of the total enforcement coverage workers enjoyed decades ago."
Nov 21, 2012

Suman Raghunathan, director of policy for the Progressive States Network, said support has been growing for policies that allow in-state tuition, particularly since Congress voted down immigration reform two years ago.

“We’ve seen a growing wave of interest,” she said. “It’s been a groundswell.”

Oct 08, 2012

A wage theft ordinance would give workers the right to sue employers under a local ordinance for unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, time forced to work off the clock, or payment under the minimum wage. Filing a complaint under a local ordinance would likely be easier and cheaper than filing a lawsuit under state or federal laws. A midsummer report by the Progressive States Network graded Florida as an “F” when it came to wage theft prevention.