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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: New PSN Report to Name NY National Leader in Wage Theft Prevention, One Year After Enactment of Landmark Law

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
CONTACT: Charles Monaco, Director of Communications and New Media, Progressive States Network, (212) 680-3116 x115, cmonaco@progressivestates.org


PRESS CALL ADVISORY: New PSN Report to Name NY National Leader in Wage Theft Prevention, One Year After Enactment of Landmark Law

Report to be released Wednesday to cite NY as model state in survey of state approaches to cracking down on wage theft


New York, NY – One year after New York State took a major step to simultaneously plug its budget deficit and improve millions of families’ economic security by enacting the Wage Theft Prevention Act, a new report by Progressive States Network is set to name New York state as a leader in wage theft prevention among the 50 states. The release of the report will be announced in a telephonic press briefing Wednesday, April 18th at 2:30pm.

The report, Cracking Down on Wage Theft: State Strategies for Protecting Workers and Recovering Revenues, highlights New York’s law which went into effect April 9, 2011 and should help the state recover up to $427 million each year in lost revenue from underpayment of wages – amounting to $1.5 billion per year for workers in New York City alone. The report argues that the revenue so recovered would more than make up for the state’s projected $350 million budget gap, an important signal to other states that have not begun to address this problem.

Joining Progressive States Network on Wednesday’s telephonic press briefing announcing the release of the report will be New York State Senator Diane Savino, an original co-sponsor of the Wage Theft Prevention Act as well as Deborah Axt, Co-Executive Director of Make The Road New York, one of the leading grassroots worker advocacy organizations in the country who led the effort to pass the law. Also joining the briefing will be a worker personally affected by New York’s wage theft law.

In addition to highlighting the impact of New York’s landmark Wage Theft Prevention Act, the report also surveys approaches towards wage theft taken by other states including Illinois, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Florida, previewing a forthcoming 50-state report of state wage theft laws set to be released later this year.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A following short presentations by the speakers.

WHAT:
Telephonic press briefing for national and state media to announce release of Progressive States Network’s report, Cracking Down on Wage Theft: State Strategies for Protecting Workers and Recovering Revenues.

WHO:
- Tim Judson, Senior Policy Specialist – Workers’ Rights, Progressive States Network
- State Sen. Diane Savino (New York), co-sponsor of New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act
- Deborah Axt, Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York
Member(s) of Make the Road New York affected by the enactment of the Wage Theft Prevention Act

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 2:30pm ET

CALL INFO:
Dial 1-800-391-1709, conference bridge: 709424.

RSVP:
Please email Charles Monaco at cmonaco@progressivestates.org or 212-685-3116 x115 in order to RSVP to the call.

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Progressive States Network (http://www.progressivestates.org) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the work of progressive state legislators around the country and to the advancement of state policies that deliver on the issues that matter to working families: integrating immigrants into our communities, strong wage standards and workplace freedom, balancing work and family responsibilities, health care for all, smart growth and clean energy, tax and budget reform, clean and fair elections, and technology investments to bridge the digital divide. For more information visit www.progressivestates.org.

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