American workers enter a ‘dark period’
A review of the U.S. Department of Labor’s website revealed that multiple posts about protecting precarious workers, enforcing labour laws, and cracking down on wage theft have vanished.
“If we have been living in an overcast period for working people in the U.S., we are about to enter into a dark, dark period,” said California-based workers’ rights advocate Carmen Rojas.
There are notable disappearances, including an executive order that lifted the minimum wage of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour — a move that provided an estimated 200,000 low-wage workers with a raise. Numerous links to Department of Labor blog posts also appeared to be broken, specifically on issues related to wage theft, enforcement, and employee misclassification — the practice of wrongly classifying workers as independent contractors to avoid legal obligations like paying minimum wage.
All three areas were championed under Obama in an effort to better protect vulnerable workers.