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Ike clean-up workers report wage theft

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

  • Monica Rohr
  • Associated Press
  • Source: Misc National Sites > National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse

HOUSTON - First came Hurricane Ike, then came the abuse after the storm: hundreds of workers hired to clean up debris, repair damaged roofs and restore flood-soaked buildings say they were robbed of wages, stranded with nowhere to stay and injured on the job.

The pattern, first seen after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, is now being repeated in Houston and other Texas Gulf Coast cities ravaged by Ike, say Houston worker advocates.

In some cases, the same employers cited for worker abuse in Katrina have also turned up in worker complaints in Texas, according to the Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center....

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