Restore Accountability for Lawbreaking Corporations

 

Our communities have organized and won critical victories for workers, including a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, and protections against sexual harassment and pay discrimination.

But lawbreaking corporations who tried to block our progress haven’t given up. These companies have found a way to thwart the laws they don’t like: by forcing workers to sign arbitration clauses. Over 60 million workers have unwittingly signed away their rights to go before a judge or jury when companies break the law. By 2024, that number will grow to 80 percent of private-sector, nonunion workers. And because public enforcement agencies at the federal and state level are too underfunded and weak to address all violations, companies that use forced arbitration can exploit their workers with impunity.

As a result of this enforcement crisis, companies like Chipotle steal almost $50 billion dollars from workers every year, in the form of wage theft. And corporations like Uber and Amazon routinely misclassify workers as independent contractors to skirt basic labor protections like the minimum wage, overtime, and unemployment insurance.

Enough is enough. Join us to restore accountability for lawbreaking corporations. In Connecticut, Maine, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, workers are fighting to enact legislation that would allow workers to help state departments of labor enforce the law, even when corporations have tried to silence them using forced arbitration. The law is a win-win: workers expose company-wide violations, and the state collects millions in civil penalties from lawbreaking companies. Corporations like Uber, Amazon, and Chipotle would again experience accountability when they violate workers’ rights.

Stand with workers, not lawbreaking corporations.