Cook County Board Unanimously Passes Ground-Breaking Anti-Wage Theft Legislation
Inspired by Arise Worker Center Members, Cook County Board Unanimously Passes Ground-Breaking Anti-Wage Theft Legislation
On Tuesday, February 10th, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the Cook County Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance!
The Ordinance prohibits businesses that engage in wage theft from obtaining county contracts, business licenses and property tax incentives for a period of five years. Cook County becomes the largest county in the United States with such provisions.
Arise member and former Source Interlink worker, Ana Castro (left) said, “I know personally what it’s like to have wages stolen. And I know what it’s like for a whole workplace to deal with stolen wages. Too many employers cheat their workers. We need to know our rights and how to enforce them, and we need to be able to count on strong policies like this to protect all workers.”