Other Wage and Hour Resources
Following is a sampling of other resources available on wage and hour issues and litigation:
AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC) - http://lcc.aflcio.org
The LCC provides a web-based pleadings and brief bank and library, both of which include wage and hour litigation materials, to lawyers who represent unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. LCC Listserves also address wage and hour issues, as does the LCC publication, the Labor Law Exchange, and LCC meetings, including regional meetings and the annual union lawyers conference. Available to LCC members only.
Farmworker Justice - www.farmworkerjustice.org
Farmworker Justice, a national advocacy and litigation organization for migrant and seasonal farmworkers, empowers farmworkers and their organizations on labor rights, occupational safety and health, and immigration policy. It has extensive experience, expertise and resources on wage and hour issues that affect farmworkers and other low-wage, immigrant workers.
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) - www.iwj.org
IWJ is a national organization with 60 affiliate groups and 19 workers centers which call upon their religious values to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community and low-wage workers on campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers.
Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund (MCTF) - www.janitorialwatch.org
The MCTF is a California statewide watchdog organization whose mission is to abolish illegal and unfair business practices in the janitorial industry. MCTF investigates allegations of employment law violations and partners with local, state, and federal enforcement agencies to hold unscrupulous contractors accountable. The website includes a downloadable list of prevailing wage rates for janitors in counties across California as well as a list of suggestions for businesses to identify "qualified bidders" and rid unscrupulous contractors from its applicant pool.
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) - www.ndlon.org
The mission of NDLON is to improve the lives of day laborers in the United States. To this end, NDLON works to unify and strengthen member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and promote civil, labor and political rights. NDLON and its 38 member organizations frequently address wage and hour issues affecting day laborers, and maintain information on wage and hour and other issues on its website, for NDLON members only.
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) - www.nela.org
NELA maintains a web-based brief bank including wage and hour materials, has a Wage and Hour Committee, and addresses wage and hour issues on its listserves as well as at its annual national conference and separate seminars such as October 2007's Representing Workers in Individual & Collective Actions Under the FLSA. Available for NELA members only.NELA also addresses wage and hour issues as part of its Amicus Program and legislative agenda, Working for Change.
Northwest Workers Justice Project (NWJP) - www.nwjp.org
The NWJP maintains a web-based library of materials for low-wage worker advocates, including wage and hour resources and training materials from the Low-Wage Worker Legal Network (LWWLN) conference calls. Available for individuals provided a username and password by the NWJP only.
Public Works Compliance Website - www.publicworkscompliance.org
The Public Works Compliance Website, a project of the non-profit Alliance for Labor Standards Education and Training (ALSET), is sponsored by several building trades unions and labor management groups that enforce prevailing wage laws. It contains numerous resources for representing workers in prevailing wage cases, including up-to-date articles on competitive bidding, prevailing wages, investigation skills, and related topics, as well as sample letters and numerous links. New sections on enforcement of labor standards will be posted in 2008. The site is subscription-based, to try it out go to the link listed above, and use the "contact us" feature to request a guest password.
U.S. Department of Labor - http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/flsa/index
The U.S. Department of Labor website contains numerous resources on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including links to the statute and regulations, the Field Operations Handbook, and opinion letters, as well as information on state minimum wage laws and other related wage and hour topics. The site also features a FLSA "Overtime Calculator" that workers and advocates can use to understand and calculate overtime pay.
Workplace Fairness - www.workplacefairness.org
Workplace Fairness provides comprehensive information for workers on workers' rights, including wage and hour laws, on its website, and provides updates on wage and hour and other employment matters in its e-newsletters.
Resources for Representing Transnational Workers
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (Center for Migrant Rights) (CDM) - www.cdmigrante.org
CDM is a non-profit organization based in central Mexico dedicated to improving the working conditions of migrant workers in the United States. In addition to other programs, CDM provides the following litigation support services: targeted outreach, co-counseling, publicizing opt-in opportunities, appearing with clients at depositions in Mexico, taking depositions in Mexico, organizing depositions in Mexico via videoconferencing, preparing clients for depositions, facilitating visa application process for trial witnesses, distributing settlement proceeds, obtaining documents for cases (i.e., Mexican government records, medical records), locating and interviewing clients and witnesses, obtaining interrogatory responses, and publicizing the results of cases in Mexico.
Global Workers Justice Alliance (Global Workers) - www.globalworkers.org
The mission of Global Workers is to combat migrant worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for transnational migrants through a cross-border network of worker advocates and resources. Global Workers develops and trains Migrant Defender Networks in the sending-countries of migrants to identify and facilitate employment-related cases for low-wage workers who have returned to their countries of origin. The goal is to connect country of employment advocates with these migrant defender counterparts so that global migrants will have access to justice no matter where they go. The project has launched in the USA, Mexico, and Guatemala and will consider trainings and case facilitations in other countries on a case-by-case basis.