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Papa John's moet $ 800,000 in regsgeding teen loonoortreding betaal


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'N Papa John se franchisenemer in Brooklyn en Queens het 'n regsgeding verloor waarin hy beweer dat hy sy werknemer verstyf het.

Beter bestanddele, beter pizza, beter werk êrens anders.

Pa John’s is in 'n stywe posisie. Franchisee Emmanuel Onuaguluchi is skuldig bevind aan loondiefstal en het sy werknemers gestyf vir vergoeding vir oortyd, volgens die New York Post.

Schneiderman het ook gesê dat die franchisenemer sy werknemers van die lone beroof het deur aan die einde van elke week af te sluit tot die naaste hele uur, en dit al ses jaar lank. In reaksie hierop het Schneiderman probeer om sy franchises te verkoop om aan die hofbevel te ontsnap, maar die uitkoms van die saak bepaal dat Onuaguluchi nie die winkels wat hy besit kan verkoop totdat hy betaal het nie.

Die prokureur -generaal stop nie daar nie. Hy wil John Schnatter (Papa John self) betrek, want onder die wet moet franchisenemers werknemer -skofinligting by die moedermaatskappy indien. Dit is moontlik dat die wetlike verantwoordelikheid vir die regte van werknemers in die hande van 'n moedermaatskappy plaasvind. McDonald’s byvoorbeeld, is in Desember in 'n regsgeding genoem nadat 'n McFranchisee gedagvaar is vir rasse- en seksuele diskriminasie. Maar volgens 'n Amerikaanse hooggeregshofsaak teen Best Foodssou die moedermaatskappy waarskynlik nie verantwoordelik gehou word nie: "Dit is 'n algemene beginsel van die korporatiewe reg wat diep in ons ekonomiese en regstelsels ingebed is, waarvoor 'n moedermaatskappy (sogenaamde as gevolg van beheer deur eienaarskap van 'n ander korporasie se aandeel) nie aanspreeklik is nie die handelinge van sy filiale. ”

Beide die sake van McDonald's en Papa John hang nog in die howe af.


Ruben Rosario: Punch Pizza ’s salarisverhoging is goed vir sake

Ek het nou die dag na Punch Pizza in Noordoos -Minneapolis gegaan om te sien of dit werklik 'n skok het wat nie publisiteit kon lok nie vir hoe dit sy werknemers behandel en vergoed.

Mede-eienaar John Puckett het gretig 'n klein Napolitaanse taart onder my neus gegooi.

Ek het nooit op hierdie plek of op enige ander plek geëet nie. Ek het grootgeword op outentieke pizza in New York-styl, en ek is redelik bevooroordeeld oor hierdie kombuis. Ek bring pizza van die huis af, soos ek die afgelope week gedoen het.

Ek weerstaan ​​die franchises. Dit is nie regte pizza nie.

'N Groot pepperoni -grap vir Papa John ’s nadat die ultrawealth ketting -eienaar 'n paar jaar gelede in die openbaar geween het dat hy die pizza -prys met 14 sent aan kliënte moes verhoog weens die Wet op bekostigbare sorg.

'N Papa John ’ -franchisenemer in New York, wat sy werknemers kortgeknip het, moes vanjaar 'n vonnis van $ 800 000 betaal.

Diep gereg? Jammer, Chicagoans. Dit is regtig goed, maar dit is ook nie 'n regte pizza in my boek nie. Dit is basies 'n verheerlikte quiche oor steroïede.

Puckett, die Chattanooga, Tenn., Inwoner wat Caribou Coffee hier in 1992 gestig het en doodgemaak het toe hy dit ses jaar later verkoop het, het opgemerk dat daar in die hoogs mededingende pizza -wêreld nog plek is vir allerhande style.

“Wat dink jy? ” vra hy nadat ek in 'n stukkie gebyt het met oregano, olyfolie, songedroogde tamaties en buffelmozzarella-kaas. Natuurlik het ek dit deur gewoonte gevou, anathema om 'n ongesnyde tert met 'n mes en vurk te eet. Mea culpa, Pulcinella.

“Nie sleg nie, ” het ek geantwoord. Ek hou van sappige pizzas wat drup. En as die kok per ongeluk of opsetlik 'n bietjie menslike sweet in die ding gespuit het, des te beter. Ek glo dat alles wat u nie op 'n pizza doodmaak nie, u immuunstelsel sterker maak.

HOËR BETAAL ‘ GROOT VIR BESIGHEID ’

Glad nie sleg nie. Dit is waarskynlik net so goed soos 'n beskrywer van hoe hierdie beskeie maar groeiende pizza-ketting in die Twin Cities-gebied uit 'n geskatte 61 269 pizzeria in die Verenigde State verlede jaar 'n geluk gekry het toe president Barack Obama dit tydens sy staatsrede genoem het. van die Unie -adres.

John Soranno, stigter en mede-eienaar van Punch ’, en Nick Shute, 'n universiteit van Minnesota en destyds 'n kok (nou 'n bestuurder), is na DC genooi en geluister terwyl Obama hul name noem en die lof prys eienaars omdat hulle die minimum minimumloon per uur verhoog het tot $ 10,10 en#8212 destyds $ 2,85 meer as die federale standaard.

John het pas sy werknemers 'n verhoging van 10 dollar per uur gegee, en dit is 'n besluit wat hul finansiële spanning verlig en hul moraal versterk het, het Obama gesê.

Punch het die aand 'n plaaslike en nasionale spat gemaak. Puckett, wat homself as apolities beskryf, het die blote vermelding gesien, selfs al gebruik Obama dit as 'n partydige voorsprong om 'n Republikeinse beheerde kongres aan te spoor om die minimum loon te verhoog, as 'n wen-wen. As u dit nou al nie gesnuif het nie, is Puckett dol oor alliterasies van twee woorde.

Mense het gedink ons ​​maak 'n politieke stelling dat ons die regering se beleid ondersteun, maar ons het net gedink dit is goed vir die sakewêreld. Glo my, ons sou nie opgedaag het as ons gedink het dat dit sleg was vir die besigheid nie, maar dit was baie goed vir die besigheid. ”

Nie dat dit alles op die dek was nie, vol spoed vorentoe. Alhoewel die meeste van hul kliënte Soranno en Puckett gelukgewens het, het 'n sekere segment hulle laat weet dat hulle nie tevrede is nie. Sommige het belowe om nooit weer 'n voet in een van hulle plekke te sit nie.

Ek het wel 'n bietjie gelag by ons meer konserwatiewe mense, het Puckett gesê. Ons het meer negatiwiteit gekry omdat hulle gedink het ons maak 'n politieke stelling. Dit is 'n bietjie eng as iemand vir jou skryf en sê dat hy nooit weer na jou winkel toe gaan nie. ”

‘BELEGGING IN MENSE ’

Soranno en Puckett, soos miskien elke sakeman op hierdie planeet, wil hê dat almal in die wêreld hul produk moet proe of koop. Dit maak nie saak of hulle Demokrate, Republikeine, reguit, gay, bruin of blou oë is nie. Hulle glo dat die wêreld 'n beter plek sal wees as almal gaan sit en pizza breek in plaas van brood by hul gewrigte.

Punch Pizza, wat in die Highland Park -omgewing in St.

Nou is daar voor- en nadele om die minimum loon te verhoog of uit te skakel en hoe dit uiteindelik die ekonomie van die land sal bevoordeel of benadeel.

Gegewe die dekades lange stagnante lone onder lae- en middelinkomste-werkers en die goed gedokumenteerde groter gaping tussen die haves en die moenies in hierdie land, is daar 'n wettige kreet om die minimum loon te verhoog omdat dit meer 'n leefbare loon as sakgeld vir studente of enkel volwasse deeltydse werkers met 'n ander werk.

Verlede week het Punch Pizza, wat 'n stadige maar bestendige groei in die afgelope 20 jaar beleef het, gesê dat dit die aanvangstydloon na $ 11 verhoog en die verhoging tot 150 van sy bestaande uurwerkers verhoog.

Puckett het gesê dat salarisse en sulke verhogings slegs 'n deel is van 'n algemene strategie om goeie werkers te lok en besparings- en heropleidingskoste te verminder.

Ons bepleit nie dat almal dit doen nie, het Jenny Nyquist gesê, wat aan die einde van die negentigerjare van die pizzeria -gasheer na die vise -president van die onderneming gegaan het. Maar dit is iets waarin ons glo om hierdie onderneming te help bou en dit fantasties te maak. ”

Punch skat dat die styging van een dollar die onderneming oor tien jaar $ 4 miljoen sal kos. Puckett en Soranno beskou dit as 'n langtermynbelegging as 'n verlies.

Winsgewendheid is belangrik. Maar om in mense te belê, is ook belangrik, want dit dryf kwaliteit wat tot winsgewendheid lei, het Puckett gesê voordat ek na die toonbank gegaan het om 'n tert te bestel om huis toe te neem. “Die groter storie is nie waarmee ons mense begin nie, maar om geleenthede te bied. ”

Klink goed. Maar my gedagtes was reeds gefokus op die eet-eet-modus toe ek by die huis kom. Daar is nog 'n alliterasie wat Puckett en Soranno moontlik sal vind.


Amazon klap met klasaksie -diefstalpak

Die aanlynwinkelreus staan ​​voor bewerings dat hy werkers met lone, oortyd en werkbeskerming bedrieg het.

Die aanlynwinkelreus staan ​​voor bewerings dat hy werkers met lone, oortyd en werkbeskerming bedrieg het.
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Amazon is die nuutste onderneming wat beskuldigings van loondiefstal in die gesig staar, aangesien werkers landwyd toenemend billike vergoeding in hofgeboue en betogings geëis het.

Die aanlynwinkelreus staan ​​voor bewerings dat hy werkers met lone, oortyd en werkbeskerming bedrieg het. In 'n groepsgeding wat op 27 Oktober by die Los Angeles -hooggeregshof aanhangig gemaak is, word die aanlynhandelaar daarvan beskuldig dat werkers onder meer as onafhanklike kontrakteurs geklassifiseer word.

Bestuurders van Amazon beweer in die hof dat hulle Amazon Prime Now -uniforms dra en rapporteer by die pakhuis van Amazon, maar word die voordele en beskerming van die arbeidswetgewing in Kalifornië ontken.

Kalifornië bied werkers 'n aantal van die sterkste loonbeskermings in die land, en 'n wet wat die goewerneur in Oktober onderteken het, voeg tande by die maatreëls deur die staatskommissaris toe te staan ​​om 'n retensiereg te plaas op die eiendom van 'n werkgewer wat vir loondiefstal genoem word en oortreders tot gevangenisstraf en boetes.

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Die nuutste nuus, direk in u inkassie afgelewer.

Die Amazon-pak is gebring deur die Oakland-gebaseerde Leonard Carder LLP namens vier bestuurders in diens van 'n Amazon-onderaannemer, Scoobeez, vir die aanlyn-kleinhandelaar se nuutgestigte kitsafleweringsdiens, Amazon Prime Now.

Die bestuurders beweer dat hulle gas en ander uitgawes uit hul eie sak moet dek en hul eie voertuie moet gebruik terwyl hulle pakkette aflewer binne die afleweringsvenster van Amazon vir een en twee uur. Hulle word $ 11 per uur betaal, maar hierdie onbetaalde uitgawes meen dat hul netto verdienste minder as die minimum loon is. En hoewel die Amazon Prime Now -app 'n standaardwenk van $ 5 voorstel, beweer bestuurders dat hulle nie hierdie wenke ontvang het nie.

In 'n verklaring van 30 Oktober het Amazon gesê dat dit van sy onderaannemers vereis "om die toepaslike wet te volg, ons gedragskode vir verskaffers te volg en wenke wat kliënte aan hul bestuurders gee, uit te betaal. Ons kontroleer en ondersoek bewerings dat enige verskaffer hierdie verpligtinge nie nakom nie. ”

Die saak eis onder meer 'n onbepaalde bedrag aan terugbetaling, restitusie en vergoeding vir prokureursgelde.

Hierdie jongste hofaksie kom hierdie somer op die hakke van 'n kenmerkende klasaksie -skikking ten gunste van FedEx -afleweringsbestuurders met soortgelyke klagtes. Die skikking het die afleweringsonderneming gelas om $ 228 miljoen aan meer as 2 300 afleweringsbestuurders in Kalifornië te betaal San Francisco Business Times gerapporteer, wat dit een van die grootste nedersettings in sy soort maak.

Die advokaat wat die skikking gewen het, neem Amazon nou hof toe.

Die feite in hierdie saak is baie sterker as in die FedEx -saak, en ons het gewen, en Beth Ross, die prokureur wat die bestuurders verteenwoordig, het aan die Business Times. Dit is werknemers met 'n lae loon wat geen ander opsies het nie, anders sou hulle dit nie doen nie. ”

Navorsing dui daarop dat werkers in die lae-betalende diensbedryf dikwels aan diefstal blootgestel word. Sake wat op hierdie werkers fokus, het die afgelope tyd die aandag van vakbonde en wetgewers regoor die land gevestig.

Bedra weer het in Februarie berig dat 'n regter in New York 'n pizza -franchise van Papa John ’s beveel het om sy werkers byna $ 800 000 onbetaalde lone te betaal nadat die prokureur -generaal van Eric, Eric Schneiderman, 'n saak teen die franchise -operateur aanhangig gemaak het.

'N Klasgeding wat namens bestuurders by die federale hof in San Francisco ingedien is, voer aan dat Uber verkeerdelik as onafhanklike kontrakteurs geklassifiseer word en dus werkbeskerming ontken, aangesien Reuters gerapporteer.

'N Studie van 2008-data wat deur die National Employment Law Project, die UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, en die Center on Urban Economic Development vrygestel is, het bevind dat die werkers in lae-loonbedrywe in Chicago, Los Angeles en New York City, 26 persent is minder betaal as die wetlik vereiste minimum loon, en drie uit vier werknemers wat meer as 40 uur per week gewerk het, is nie wetlik vergoed vir hul oortydure nie. Ses uit tien van die lae-loonbedryfswerkers is met meer as $ 1 per uur onderbetaal.


Jongste opdaterings

'As ek met mense in ander stede praat, stel hulle regtig belang,' het sy bygevoeg. 'Hulle kan 'n wet soos hierdie voorstel waar hulle is.'

Die Fight for $ 15 -veldtog en die Service Employments International Union, wat tientalle miljoene bygedra het tot die poging, het hard gewerk vir die New York -wet. Terwyl die stryd om $ 15 groot oorwinnings behaal het-deur Seattle, Kalifornië en die staat New York te laat wette opstel wat 'n minimum loon van $ 15 vereis, het die beweging nie sy doel bereik om kitskoswerkers te verenig nie.

Veg vir $ 15 -leiers is bekommerd dat selfs as hulle werkers op tientalle McDonald's -plekke sou oorreed om te stem om te vakbonde, dit uiters moeilik sou wees om McDonald's of sy franchise -operateurs tot 'n kontrak te laat kom.

Sonder 'n formele vakbond was die stryd om $ 15 gretig om 'n betroubare manier te vind om 'n groep voedselkoswerkers te finansier. Die wet in New York, wat in Mei uitgevaardig is en einde November in werking getree het, is die eerste in sy soort.

"Wat belangrik is met hierdie wet, is dat dit voorsiening maak vir kitskoswerkers om 'n organisasie sonder winsbejag te ondersteun wat toegewy is aan die pleit van aangeleenthede wat volgens die lede vir hulle belangrik is," sê Tsedeye Gebreselassie, voorsitter van die direksie van Fast Food Justice en senior personeelprokureur by die National Employment Law Project. Die groep se leiers het byvoorbeeld gesê dat baie lede belangstel om laer vervoertariewe vir lae-loonwerkers te beywer.

Die leiers van Fast Food Justice sê dat hulle hoop om teen einde 2018 5 000 werknemers by te dra en 10 000 teen die einde van 2020. (New York City het ongeveer 65 000 kitskoswerkers.) Bydraes van 5 000 werkers sal 'n inkomste van meer as $ 800,000 per jaar.

Die regsgeding van die Restaurant Law Center beweer dat die New Yorkse wet en Fast Food Justice bloot meganismes is om die vakbond van die dienswerkers uiteindelik te help om kitskosrestaurante te verenig. Sy regsgeding voer ook aan dat die wet omgekeer moet word op die basis dat die Wet op Arbeidsverhoudinge reeds arbeidsorganisasies reguleer.

Fast Food Justice beweer dat dit nie die tipe arbeidsorganisasie is wat deur die federale wet gereguleer word nie. Dit voer ook aan dat die New York -wet nie die regte op die eerste wysiging van restaurante skend nie, omdat die geld wat aangestuur word, aan die werkers behoort en nie aan die restaurante nie. Maar die Restaurant Law Center sê dat selfs die betaling van die betalings in stryd is met die werkgewer se vryheid van spraak.

Alhoewel LaShawn Herbert gesê het dat haar werkgewer, Shake Shack, haar goed behandel, is sy sterk ondersteuner van die Fight for $ 15 en Fast Food Justice. Sy het opgemerk dat die minimum loon $ 7,25 in die stad was toe die stryd om $ 15 aan die einde van 2012 in New York begin het. Sedertdien het dit tot $ 13,50 vir kitskoswerkers gestyg en sal dit aan die einde van hierdie jaar tot $ 15 styg.

'Dit kom 'n lang pad,' het sy gesê. 'Die hele punt is om mense te help sodat hulle genoeg vir hul gesin kan sorg en dat hulle nie op die welsyn hoef te sorg nie.'


AG Schneiderman kry vonnis vir meer as $ 2 miljoen teen Papa John se franchisenemer wat werknemers te min betaal het

NEW YORK & ndash Prokureur -generaal Eric T. Schneiderman het aangekondig dat sy kantoor 'n vonnis gekry het teen New Majority Holdings, LLC (New Majority), 'n Papa John & rsquos -pizza -franchise -eienaar, en sy eienaar en operateur Ronald Johnson vir die onderbetaling van honderde afleweringswerkers by vyf Harlem -pizza restaurante.

Binne die afgelope twee maande het die howe bevind dat twee Papa John's franchisenemers byna $ 3 miljoen aan hul werkers verskuldig is, het rdquo gesê Schneiderman, prokureur -generaal. & ldquoWe sal voortgaan om loon- en uuroortredings in die kitskosbedryf te ondersoek. Meer algemeen, moet franchisegewers op die bord kom. Ek doen 'n beroep op alle kitskos -franchisegewers, insluitend Papa John's, om die nodige stappe te doen om te verseker dat hul werkers - die ruggraat van hul onderneming - regverdig behandel word en die lone betaal wat die wet vereis. & ldquo

New Majority en Johnson het die arbeidswet van New York oortree deur onder meer:

  • Werkers afgerond en uur gewerk tot die naaste verhoging van die hele uur (en niks betaal vir breuke nie)
  • Versuim om wettige vereiste oortydpremies te betaal
  • Betaal afleweringswerkers die laer, minimum kwotasie en die minimum loon, alhoewel hulle aan 'n aansienlike hoeveelheid kombuis en ander werk toegewys is
  • Versuim om werknemers te vergoed vir die aankoop en onderhoud van fietse wat gebruik word om aflewerings te doen.

Die regter van die Hooggeregshof in New York County, Joan M. Kenney & rsquos, uitspraak van 24 Februarie 2015, geliasseer op 3 Maart 2015, beveel New Majority en Johnson om $ 2,126,166,34 aan lone, onbetaalde uitgawes, gelikwideerde skade en rente te betaal. Gelde wat ingevolge hierdie uitspraak verhaal is, sal deur die Prokureur -generaal aan die onderbetaalde werknemers van al vyf winkels uitgedeel word. Die regter- en rsquos -bevel vereis ook dat die opbrengs van enige verkoop van New Majority & rsquos -winkels aan die Prokureur -generaal betaal word, en dat New Majority voortaan moet voldoen aan die arbeidswet van New York.

Beide vonnisse spruit voort uit 'n regsgeding wat deur die Prokureur -generaal en die Arbeidsburo van Rsquos begin is, na 'n ondersoek na die nuwe meerderheid en rsquos -betaalpraktyke.

Die New Majority/Papa ​​John & rsquos -pizzarestaurante wat onderhewig is aan die hof- en rsquos -bevele, is geleë op:

  • 703 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10039-4501
  • 301 Cathedral Parkway, New York, NY 10026
  • 2119 First Avenue, New York, NY 10029
  • 3477 Broadway, New York, NY 10031
  • 327 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027

"Dit is jammer dat so 'n winsgewende onderneming soos Papa John sy werknemers sou onderbreek," het rdquo gesê Kongreslid Charles Rangel. Dit is nie net erg onwettig nie, maar ook oneerbiedig vir die mense wat so hard werk om sy kliënte te bedien. Ek juig die prokureur -generaal toe omdat hy die onderneming aanspreeklik gehou het en vra saam met hom en my kollegas billike lone vir die werkers wat billike spel verdien. & Quot

"Terwyl ons veg om die minimum en vergoeding in New York te verhoog, is dit belangrik om op te tree teen slegte akteurs soos New Majority - wat gereeld honderde afleweringswerkers onderbetaal het," New York City Kontroleur Scott Stringer. Prokureur -generaal Schneiderman verdien groot eer vir die onthulling van hierdie onwettige skema van die onderneming, wat hierdie hardwerkende mans en vroue uiteindelik die hoër salaris kan toeken wat hulle verdien.

& Diefstal van lone is 'n deurdringende probleem in New York en ek prys prokureur -generaal Schneiderman vir sy harde werk om geregtigheid vir hierdie werkers te bring, & rdquo het gesê Melissa Mark-Viverito, voorsitter van die stadsraad van New York. Geen werknemer moet bekommerd wees oor hul lone nie, en ek sien uit daarna om met die prokureur -generaal saam te werk, aangesien ons poog om slegte akteurs aanspreeklik te hou. & rdquo

Werknemers wat die wet oortree deur nie hul werknemers die geld te betaal wat hulle verdien nie, maak dit nog moeiliker vir hardwerkende New Yorkers om oor die weg te kom. Adriano Espaillat, senator van die staat New York. Ek prys die prokureur -generaal Eric Schneiderman vir die ondersoek na hierdie oortredings en die stuur van 'n duidelike boodskap aan besighede wat werknemers uit hul lone bedrieg, hulle sal ontdek en vervolg word. & quot

Die oortredings van die arbeidswet wat deur hierdie franchisee van Papa John gepleeg is, is 'n belediging vir hul hardwerkende en toegewyde werknemers, "het rdquo gesê. New York State Senator José M. Serrano. In 'n tyd waarin die lewenskoste in hierdie stad teen 'n onrusbarende tempo bly styg, is dit noodsaaklik dat alle werkers die billike lone kry wat hulle tereg verdien het. Baie dankie aan die prokureur -generaal Eric T. Schneiderman dat hy verseker het dat werkende New Yorkers 'n sterk stem het om hul reg op 'n regverdige en regverdige werkplek te beskerm. & Rdquo

Ek prys die prokureur -generaal Eric Schneiderman vir die beveiliging van 'n sterk en dawerende oordeel wat die fundamentele regte van werkers hier in Harlem ondersteun, "het rdquo gesê. Bill Perkins, senator van die staat New York. Die uitbuitende arbeidspraktyke deur 'n groep slegte akteurs beledig ons almal om hardwerkende vroue en mans te beroof van lone wat hulle met reg en met toewyding verdien het, is ondenkbaar. Ek is bly dat hierdie onwettige ondernemings aan die lig van geregtigheid blootgestel is, en ek hoop verder dat hierdie uitspraak 'n baken sal wees wat werkers regoor ons stad bemagtig. & Quot

Die oordeel van vandag is 'n herinnering daaraan dat ons wette ontwerp is om werknemers teen uitbuiting te beskerm, het rdquo gesê New York State Assembly Member Daniel O & rsquoDonnell, waarvan die distrik een van die plekke insluit. Ek wil my hartlik gelukwens aan die afleweringswerkers van Papa John & rsquos -franchises in die Upper West Side en Harlem. U het u uitgespreek teen onregverdige arbeidspraktyke. Deur hierdie litigasie gee prokureur -generaal Schneiderman te kenne dat ondernemings wat nie aan arbeidswetgewing voldoen nie, voor die gereg sal kom. Hierdie aksie sal in die toekoms tot beter arbeidsomstandighede in die staat New York lei. & Rdquo

& ldquo Ons is trots om by die prokureur -generaal Schneiderman te staan ​​in sy stryd teen werkgewers wat onbillike loonpraktyke by hul ondernemings gebruik, & rdquo gesê New York stadsraadslid Mark Levine. Dit is verskriklik hoe wydverspreid hierdie probleem is en dit skend die regte van sommige van ons kwesbaarste werkers. Werkgewers moet weet dat ons nooit sal bystaan ​​en toelaat dat hulle werknemers mishandel en mishandel nie, en dat ons sal aanhou om hulle te ontbied en bloot te stel wanneer hulle dit doen. & Rdquo

Ek wil die prokureur -generaal Eric Schniederman gelukwens met die suksesvolle verkryging van 'n vonnisbevel teen New Holdings vir hul rol in die ontkenning van die volle lone wat Papa John -werknemers verdien het. U voortgesette pogings om te verseker dat alle New Yorkers regverdig onder die wet behandel word, is 'n missie waarvan u nie afstand gedoen het nie, en rdquo het gesê Raadslid Inez E. Dickens. Ek wil ook die werkers wat dapper genoeg was om hul verhaal te vertel, prys, met die wete wat die gevolge daarvan kon gewees het. Hulle het besluit dat hul reg om vergoed te word vir hul tyd en energie die moeite werd is om te beveg, en hierdie oordeel het hulle beloon vir hul pogings. & Rdquo

Ons wens prokureur-generaal Schneiderman geluk met sy aggressiewe strewe na slegte akteurs-werknemers soos Papa John en rsquos wat hul werkers uit hul swaarverdiende loon bedrieg, en rdquo het gesê Jonathan Westin, uitvoerende direkteur van New York Communities for Change. Hierdie vonnis van $ 2 miljoen vir kitskoswerkers sluit vir miljoene dollars saam met ander namens motorwaswerkers en lughawewerkers, en dit beklemtoon die punt dat werkers nou meer as ooit 'n minimumloon- en uurwette van $ 15 nodig het, veral vir lae-loon werkers wat dit skaars kan bekostig om te lewe. & rdquo

Vandag se optrede deur die prokureur -generaal Schneiderman & ndash bo en behalwe sy onderdrukking van motorwasserye en lughawekontrakteurs wat nie werkers betaal het wat hulle verdien nie, is 'n positiewe teken dat gewetenlose eienaars nie in die staat New York geduld sal word nie, Deborah Axt, mede-uitvoerende direkteur van Make The Road New York. Dit is van kardinale belang dat ons werknemers met die laagste loon, en veral immigrantegesinne, dieselfde beskerming van die wet kry as almal. Ons sien uit daarna om met die Prokureur -generaal saam te werk om namens hierdie werkers aan te hou veg. & Rdquo

Ek het gewerk by die Papa John's in 142nd Street en Broadway, het rdquo gesê Luis Juarez, een van die New Majority & rsquos -werknemers. Alhoewel my werkgewers my net betaal het om aflewerings te doen, het hulle my aan alles opgedra. Ek moes pizza's maak, die kos pak en bokse organiseer, alles vir 'n salaris van $ 5,00 per uur. En toe my fiets op straat gesteel word, dreig my werkgewers om my uit my werk te ontslaan as ek nie dadelik 'n ander een koop nie. Ek wil die prokureur -generaal bedank en die mense wat ons gehelp het om ons lone terug te kry en ons regte af te dwing. Ek vra my kollegas om nie stil te bly teen onreg nie en om betaling te eis vir die harde werk wat hulle doen. & Rdquo

Vroeër hierdie jaar het die prokureur-generaal 'n vonnis van byna $ 800 000 verkry teen die operateur van 'n ander Papa John & rsquos-franchisehouer, Emstar Pizza, Inc. Boonop het die prokureur-generaal verskeie ondersoeke in die kitskosbedryf ondergaan en ook verskeie -hof nedersettings met kitskos franchises:

  • In Desember 2013 het die prokureur -generaal herstel vir 25 werkers by 'n Domino & rsquos Pizza -franchise in Washington Heights, New York.
  • In Maart 2014 verseker die Prokureur -generaal skikkings met ses Domino & rsquos Pizza -franchises, wat gesamentlik 23 restaurante in die hele staat besit het, met 'n totaal van $ 450 000 vir onbetaalde minimum lone, oortyd en voertuiguitgawes vir afleweringsbestuurders.
  • In Maart 2014 het die Prokureur-generaal 'n skikking van byna $ 500 000 verseker vir werknemers met 'n minimum loon van 'n groep van sewe McDonald & rsquos-franchises in New York.
  • In Junie 2014 het die Prokureur -generaal $ 10 000 teruggekry vir 'n werknemer wat onregmatig ontslaan is nadat hy 'n gaslek by 'n McDonald & rsquos -franchise in Lyons, in die staat New York, aangemeld het.

Die New Majority -saak is hanteer deur die assistent -prokureur -generaal Elizabeth Wagoner, afdelingshoof Andrew Elmore en die spesiale advokaat Patricia Kakalec in die Prokureur -generaal & rsquos Arbeidsburo, wat gelei word deur die Buro -hoof, Terri Gerstein. Die ondersoeker Michael McNally het ook die ondersoek bygestaan. Die Arbeidsburo is binne die afdeling vir sosiale geregtigheid, en die uitvoerende adjunk -prokureur -generaal vir sosiale geregtigheid is Alvin Bragg.


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Between 40 and 50 low-wage workers at a grocery store in the Denver suburb of Aurora will collect a total of $305,000 in back wages and penalties, thanks to a U.S. District Court ruling July 31 affirming the employees were underpaid.

The decision is based on often under-utilized federal and state “wage theft” laws, which allow employees and employers to sue businesses that effectively steal money from employees by not, for example, paying required minimum or overtime wages.

In the Aurora case, one employee at the Carniceria y Verduleria Guadalajara approached the group Towards Justice, which works to defend “the economic stability of working families,” and claimed to have been habitually underpaid. The grocery store did not realize it was breaking any laws, and did not appear to have malicious intent, worker advocates said.

After an investigation confirming this allegation, Towards Justice represented the employee and others at the store in a class action lawsuit.

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“It’s really courageous for an employee to vindicate not only their rights but the rights of their colleagues,” Towards Justice Executive Director Nina DiSalvo told Rewire. “Wage theft disproportionately affects immigrant workers, who are less likely to complain because they are unsure what their rights are in a foreign country. All workers, regardless of immigration status, are protected by wage laws.”

Studies show that wage theft is common, and most incidents often go unchallenged by employees.

The Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute reported last year that in Colorado alone, $750 million in “wage nonpayment” is withheld from workers annually with only a “small fraction” being reported. This translates to $25 million to $47 million in lost taxes for Colorado, the study estimates.

“Our next big push is to make sure that the folks who are victimized can do something about it,” Felicia Griffin, executive director of FRESC, said in an interview with Rewire.

Griffin’s organization and others helped pass a law in Colorado last year that added staff at the Colorado Department of Labor to process wage theft cases.

“Before last year there was no staff and no recourse,” Griffin said. “You could call and nothing would happen. But most people still don’t know you can get help from the Department of Labor.”

Griffin added that groups like Towards Justice and a law clinic at Denver University provide other avenues for workers and employers to seek help.

“We can talk a lot about raising the minimum wage, but if workers don’t actually receive it, it’s meaningless,” DiSalvo said.

Asked why an employer would sue another based on wage theft laws, DiSalvo said, “A legitimate employer that follows the law simply cannot compete if their competitors are violating the wage and overtime laws.”

Wage theft prosecution has come to the forefront in several states over the past year. A judge ruled in February that a Papa John’s pizza franchise in New York must pay its workers nearly $800,000 in unpaid wages over allegations the business underpaid employees and failed to pay overtime.


Column: This job requires you to pay $1,800 for your own training

We keep hearing about employers having a difficult time filling positions as the economy gradually reopens.

Only 266,000 positions were filled in April, far fewer than the 1 million expected. In response, companies are working extra hard to attract and hire workers, which includes raising wages.

So I’ll admit I was surprised to hear about a Southern California business that’s charging job applicants $1,800 for their own training.

Is that fair? It hardly seems so.

Tatiana Sarasty attended classes several years ago at the Brentwood branch of Pure Barre, a nationwide chain of boutique fitness centers that mix ballet moves with more traditional workouts.

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The Brentwood resident enjoyed the sessions so much, she said, she subsequently received training as a barre instructor, although not with Pure Barre.

So Sarasty was intrigued when she received an email the other day from Pure Barre saying the Brentwood facility was looking for instructors.

“Now that things are opening up, I thought that Pure Barre looks like a great opportunity,” she told me. “I wanted to work there.”

She said as much in her reply to the company. This prompted a response from Kayla Allen, franchise owner of the Brentwood and Santa Monica Pure Barre locations.

The Santa Monica branch reopened in April. The Brentwood studio reopened this month.

In her email, Allen revealed that, to be hired as a teacher, applicants must undergo at least four days of training. That training costs the applicant $1,800, of which $550 will be refunded after “an active year of teaching.”

Moreover, the email makes clear that new hires are expected to practice Pure Barre’s fitness techniques for “about five hours a day for a month.” That practice will be done “on your own time.”

Situations like this have come up before. Pizza chain Papa John’s agreed last year to pay $3.4 million to settle allegations that it failed to compensate California workers for mandatory training.

But Pure Barre charging job applicants a hefty training fee seems particularly brazen.

Granted, if your business offers a specialized service — whether a fitness routine, hot yoga or whatever — you want service providers to be well versed in all aspects of the discipline.

But either an employer wants you or they don’t. Getting a job shouldn’t be a shake-down racket.

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I reached out to Allen, owner of the Brentwood and Santa Monica franchises. She didn’t respond.

I also reached out to Pure Barre’s Irvine head office. The company says it has more than 500 franchised studios in the United States and Canada, with nearly 600,000 clients.

A spokesperson for Pure Barre, who wouldn’t let me use her name because the response was “from the brand,” said the training fee was part of a company “certification program,” which is not the same as official certification.

“Pure Barre offers its own certification program given our method and instruction are so unique,” the spokesperson said.

“Those wanting to teach at Pure Barre are required to complete our program to ensure we continue to deliver the safest and most effective technique for our members.”

The company’s good intentions notwithstanding, I’ll reiterate: An in-house “certification program” is just a fancy way of saying “training.” It’s not like meeting requirements for state certification or licensing.

Also, every employment attorney I spoke with said California was clear on this issue: You can’t charge employees or job applicants for their own training.

“If it’s mandatory training, not only can you not charge them, you have to pay them,” said Nasir Pasha, an employment lawyer who practices in California, Illinois, New York and Texas.

What Pure Barre is doing “doesn’t seem legal under California law,” he told me.

I heard the same sentiment again and again. “That does not sound legal,” said Leonard Sansanowicz, a Los Angeles employment lawyer.

“I’ve heard of some outrageous violations in my time,” said Carey James, an Oakland employment lawyer, “but this takes the cake.”

Each lawyer pointed me toward Section 450 of the California Labor Code.

It states, unambiguously, that “no employer, or agent or officer thereof, or other person, may compel or coerce any employee, or applicant for employment, to patronize his or her employer, or any other person, in the purchase of any thing of value.”

It also makes clear that “to compel or coerce the purchase of any thing of value includes, but is not limited to, instances where an employer requires the payment of a fee or consideration of any type from an applicant for employment … for an employer to provide, accept or process an application for employment.”

In plain English: You can’t charge employees or job applicants for their own training.

It’s a question I get asked frequently, most recently by a colleague who was shocked to find that his new pair of prescription eyeglasses cost about $800.

I asked the California Department of Industrial Relations for its opinion.

Paola Laverde, a spokeswoman for the state labor agency, quoted a department “subject matter expert” as saying that “an employer which charges applicants for training violates Section 450.”

That’s a misdemeanor under California law.

I can’t say if every Pure Barre franchise charges a training fee. But I spoke with a woman who worked as a Pure Barre instructor in Potomac Falls, Va.

She said she encountered a $1,600 training fee when she applied for the gig in 2019, although in her case the studio waived half the charge.

“It was a bit of sticker shock,” admitted Andrea Greb, 34, who now works as an aerospace engineer in Colorado. At Pure Barre, she said, she was paid $25 per class.

If nothing else, the takeaway here is for all California residents to remember they have rights under the law. And one of those rights is that you can’t be charged for your own training. Tydperk.

Pure Barre may think it can levy its training fee as a company “certification” charge. But none of the lawyers I spoke with found that convincing.

“This is the precise behavior that Section 450 is intended to prevent,” Pasha said. “At the end of the day, the statute is pretty clear, and they haven’t explained why the statute doesn’t apply.”

James, the Oakland lawyer, called Pure Barre’s admission that it charged a training fee “a class-action attorney’s dream.”

Which could move things from the ballet barre to the California bar. And I don’t mean the “Cheers” kind.

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Papa John’s Has to Pay $800,000 in Wage Violation Lawsuit - Recipes

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has obtained a judgment against New Majority Holdings, LLC (New Majority) a Papa John’s pizza franchisee, and its owner and operator Ronald Johnson for underpaying hundreds of delivery workers at five Harlem pizza restaurants.

“Within the last two months, courts have found that two Papa John’s franchisees owe almost $3 million to their workers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We will continue to investigate wage and hour violations in the fast food industry. More broadly, franchisors need to step up to the plate. I call on all fast food franchisors, including Papa John’s, to take steps necessary to ensure that their workers — the backbone of their business — are treated fairly and paid the wages the law requires.”

New Majority and Johnson violated New York Labor law by, among other things:

  • Rounding down workers’ hours worked to the nearest whole hour increment (and paying nothing for fractions of hours)
  • Failing to pay legally-required overtime premiums
  • Paying delivery workers the lower, “tipped” minimum wage, even though they were assigned to a substantial amount of untipped kitchen and other work
  • Failing to reimburse employees for costs of purchasing and maintaining bicycles used to make deliveries.

New York County Supreme Court Justice Joan M. Kenney’s February 24, 2015 judgment, filed on March 3, 2015, orders New Majority and Johnson to pay $2,126,166.34 in owed wages, unreimbursed expenses, liquidated damages, and interest. Monies recovered under this judgment will be distributed by the Attorney General to the underpaid employees of all five stores. The judge’s order also requires payment of proceeds from any sale of New Majority’s stores to the Attorney General, and requires New Majority to comply with the New York Labor Law going forward.

Both judgments stem from a lawsuit initiated by the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau, following an investigation into New Majority’s pay practices.

The New Majority/Papa John’s pizza restaurants subject to the Court’s orders are located at:

  • 703 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10039-4501
  • 301 Cathedral Parkway, New York, NY 10026
  • 2119 First Avenue, New York, NY 10029
  • 3477 Broadway, New York, NY 10031
  • 327 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027

“It’s a shame that such a profitable company like Papa John’s would undercut its workers’ pay,” said Congressman Charles Rangel. “This is not only grossly unlawful but also downright disrespectful to the people who are working so hard to serve its customers. I applaud the Attorney General for holding the company accountable and join him and my colleagues in demanding fair wages for the workers who deserve fair play and pay.”

“As we fight to raise the minimum and tipped wage in New York City, it’s important to take action against bad actors like New Majority — which has been routinely underpaying hundreds of delivery workers,” said New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. “Attorney General Schneiderman deserves great credit for uncovering this company’s illegal scheme which will allow these hard working men and women to finally get the higher pay they deserve.”

“Wage theft is a pervasive problem in New York City and I commend Attorney General Schneiderman for his hard work bringing justice for these workers,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “No worker should worry about their wages and I look forward to continuing to work with the Attorney General as we seek to hold bad actors accountable.”

“Employers who violate the law by not paying their employees the money they deserve make it even more difficult for hard working New Yorkers to get by,” said New York State State Senator Adriano Espaillat. “I commend Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for investigating these violations and sending a clear message, to businesses that cheat employees out of their wages, they will be discovered and prosecuted.”

“The labor law violations committed by this Papa John’s franchisee are an insult to their hard working and dedicated employees,” said New York State Senator José M. Serrano. “At a time when the cost of living in this city continues to climb at an alarming rate, it is imperative that all workers get the fair wages that they’ve rightfully earned. Many thanks to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for ensuring that working New Yorkers have a strong voice to protect their right to a fair and just workplace.”

“I commend Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for securing a strong and resounding judgment that stands up for the fundamental rights of workers here in Harlem,” said New York State Senator Bill Perkins. “The exploitative labor practices by a group of bad actors offends us all robbing hard working women and men of wages that they had rightfully earned through diligence and dedication is unconscionable. I am heartened that these unlawful businesses have been exposed to the light of justice and I further hope that this judgment will be a beacon that empowers workers all across our City.”

“Today’s judgment is a reminder that our laws are designed to protect workers from exploitation,” said New York State Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell, whose district includes one of the locations. “I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the delivery workers of Papa John’s franchises located on the Upper West Side and Harlem. You spoke out against unjust labor practices. Through this litigation, Attorney General Schneiderman signals that businesses that do not comply with labor laws will be brought to justice. This action will lead to better labor conditions across New York State going forward.”

“We are proud to stand by Attorney General Schneiderman in his crackdown on employers who deploy unfair wage practices at their businesses,” said New York City Councilmember Mark Levine. “It is appalling how widespread this problem is and it violates the rights of some of our most vulnerable workers. Employers need to know that we will never stand by and allow them to mistreat and abuse workers, and that we will continue to call them out and expose them when they do.”

“I would like to congratulate Attorney General Eric Schniederman on successfully obtaining a judgment order against New Holdings for their role in denying the full wages earned by Papa John employees. Your continued efforts to ensure all New Yorkers are fairly treated under the law is a mission from which you have not waivered,” said Council Member Inez E. Dickens. “I would also like to commend those workers who were bold enough to tell their story, knowing what the repercussions could have been. They decided that their right to be compensated for their time and energy was worth they fight, and this judgment has rewarded them for their efforts.”

“We congratulate Attorney General Schneiderman on his aggressive pursuit of bad actor employees like Papa John’s who cheat their workers out of their hard-earned pay,” said Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change. “This $2 million judgment for fast food workers joins others for millions of dollars on behalf of car wash workers and airport workers and it stresses the point that now, more than ever, workers need a $15 minimum wage and hour laws, especially for low-wage workers who can barely afford to live.”

“Today’s action by Attorney General Schneiderman – on top of his crackdown on car washes and airport contractors who failed to pay workers what they deserve – is a positive sign that unscrupulous owners will not be tolerated in New York State,” said Deborah Axt, co-executive director of Make The Road New York. It is crucial that our lowest wage workers, and immigrant families in particular, be given the same protections of the law as everyone else. We look forward to working with the Attorney General to continue fighting on behalf of these workers.”

“I worked at the Papa John’s that was at 142nd Street and Broadway,” said Luis Juarez, one of New Majority’s employees. “Although my employers only paid me to make deliveries, they assigned me work on everything. I had to make pizzas, pack up the food, and organize boxes, all for a salary of $ 5.00 per hour. And when my bike was stolen the on the street, my employers threatened to fire me from my job if I did not buy another one immediately. I want to thank the Attorney General and the people who have helped us get our wages back and enforce our rights. I ask my colleagues not remain silent against injustice, and to demand payment for the hard work they do.”

Earlier this year, the Attorney General obtained a nearly $800,000 judgment against the operator of another Papa John’s franchisee, Emstar Pizza, Inc. In addition, the Attorney General has several ongoing investigations in the fast food industry, and has also reached several out-of-court settlements with fast-food franchises:

  • In December 2013, the Attorney General obtained reinstatement for 25 workers at a Domino’s Pizza franchise located in Washington Heights, in New York City.
  • In March 2014, the Attorney General secured settlements with six Domino’s Pizza franchises, which collectively owned 23 restaurants throughout the state, totaling $450,000 for unpaid minimum wages, overtime, and vehicle expense reimbursements for delivery drivers.
  • In March 2014, the Attorney General secured a settlement of almost $500,000 for mostly minimum-wage employees of a group of seven New York City-based McDonald’s franchises.
  • In June 2014, the Attorney General obtained $10,000 in restitution for an employee unlawfully discharged after reporting a gas leak at a McDonald’s franchise located in Lyons, in upstate New York.

The New Majority case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Wagoner, Section Chief Andrew Elmore, and Special Counsel Patricia Kakalec in the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau, which is led by Bureau Chief Terri Gerstein. Investigator Michael McNally also assisted the investigation. The Labor Bureau is within the Social Justice Division, and the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice is Alvin Bragg.


New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

MANHATTAN: FIREFIGHTERS ENTER 9/11 FRAY The union representing city firefighters announced yesterday that it was withdrawing support for the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, citing objections to a planned International Freedom Center and a Drawing Center at ground zero. Stephen Cassidy, left, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, said in a statement that his "membership and our 9/11 families believe that the memorial design will take away from the memory and sacrifice of the firefighters." The Freedom Center and the Drawing Center are parts of cultural space long planned at the site, but in recent months relatives of those of who died on Sept. 11 have waged a campaign to eliminate the centers, saying they could include anti-American exhibits and draw attention from a planned memorial museum. A spokeswoman said the foundation "was deeply saddened" by the union's decision. (AP)

THE BRONX: WOMAN FOUND DEAD A woman's badly burned body was found in charred debris from a brush fire at the Mosholu Golf Course in Van Cortlandt Park late last night, the police said. The body was discovered around midnight, after firefighters had extinguished the blaze in a wooded area of the golf course, a police spokesman said. It was taken for an autopsy by the medical examiner, and the blaze is under investigation, the spokesman said. Michelle Oɽonnell (NYT)

BROOKLYN: MERCHANT SETTLES WAGE DISPUTE Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced yesterday that the owner of three discount stores in Bushwick, Flatbush and Sunset Park had agreed to pay $70,000 to workers to settle a lawsuit charging him with failing to pay minimum wage and overtime. Khubaib Masood, owner of Super Star 99, Less & Plus Discount, and Jimmy 99 Cents, was accused of paying workers $260 for a 63-hour work week, amounting to $4.13 an hour, far below the state minimum wage of $6. Mr. Masood closed the three stores after a community group announced a boycott. As part of the settlement, he agreed to reopen two stores, to rehire fired workers and to give his workers three paid sick days and three vacation days each year.

MANHATTAN: SUBWAY STATION MUGGING A 26-year-old man was arrested yesterday in a mugging in a subway station last month in which the victim was stabbed 13 times, the police said. The man, Charles Maxwell, of Manhattan, was charged with robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, the police said. On July 23, at about 1:45 p.m., as a 53-year-old woman waited for the J train at the Bowery station, Mr. Maxwell approached her, covered her mouth and eyes with his hands, and then took her purse, the police said.

BROOKLYN: WORKERS TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION The Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, announced yesterday that 26 workers hired by a subcontractor, Florence XVI Century Marble of Glen Head, N.Y., to do tile and masonry work in the subway will receive more than $800,000 in back wages. The company pleaded guilty in Brooklyn Criminal Court to a felony charge of lying on a government form and admitted submitting false payroll reports. The workers were paid $130 to $218 a day, with no benefits, far less than the prevailing wage-and-benefit rate of $52 an hour. The office of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's inspector general discovered the fraud. Sewell Chan (NYT)

BROOKHAVEN: REQUEST ON EVICTIONS REFUSED Justice Ralph F. Costello of State Supreme Court denied a request by the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund to require Brookhaven town officials to notify tenants before evicting them from illegally overcrowded houses and to provide housing assistance for evicted tenants, according to lawyers who filed the request. The fund's president, Cesar A. Perales, said his organization would appeal. The town has recently cited the owners of overcrowded houses, usually inhabited by immigrant workers, for building code violations and safety problems. (NYT)

QUEENS: WEST NILE CAMPAIGN The city's health department plans to spray pesticide tonight as part of its efforts to control the West Nile virus, health officials said. Weather permitting, health officials said they planned to begin spraying at 8 p.m. and finish at 6 a.m. tomorrow in Queensboro Hill, Murray Hill, Pomonok, Kew Gardens Hills, Kissena Park and Golf Course, Flushing Cemetery, Mount Hebron Cemetery, Saint Mary's Cemetery and Cedar Grove Cemetery. (NYT)

MINEOLA: SENTENCE IN COMMUTER'S KILLING A self-proclaimed gang member was sentenced yesterday to 70 years to life in prison after his conviction in the September 2003 killing of Anthony Battaglia, 37, a mechanical engineer who was attacked as he walked to his Lynbrook home from the local Long Island Rail Road station. The gang member, Nelson Zuniga, 21, of Freeport was convicted of murder and robbery.. (AP)

MANHATTAN: LABOR FEDERATION BACKS BOND ACT The New York State A.F.L.-C.I.O's 39 member unions have voted unanimously to support a $2.9 billion transportation bond act that will appear on the statewide ballot in November. "The infrastructure of the state is very important to future economic development of the state," said Denis M. Hughes, president of the state federation, which represents about 2 million workers. Labor support is considered crucial for the bond measure, which would provide $1.45 billion for state highway and bridge projects and $1.45 billion for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. A 2000 transportation bond measure that would have raised $3.8 billion did not have the labor federation's support and failed. Sewell Chan (NYT)

TRENTON: WARNING ON DEED BACKLOG Millions of dollars in real estate fees that were supposed to help county clerks improve their services have instead been diverted to general state and county budgets in the last four years, leaving the counties ill-equipped to handle an increase in real estate transactions, according to a report released yesterday. In the report, the State Commission of Investigation said that seven of the state's 21 counties have experienced delays in recording deeds, mortgages and other paperwork of up to two months - a gap that the commission warned has made these transactions vulnerable to fraud.


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