SANTA FE, N.M. — Mayor David Coss and New Mexico Attorney General’s Office kicked off the “Campaign to End Wage Theft” on Wednesday – but without the help of the agencies that can prosecute the nonpayment of wages.
Organized by the Interfaith Worker Justice-New Mexico and the immigrants’ rights group Somos Un Pueblo Unido, the campaign seeks to educate communities about the existence and impact of wage theft.
“It helps us bring awareness to the public and educate the public,” Coss said to a crowd of about 20 listeners.
Wage theft is the illegal underpayment or non-payment of workers’ wages. Supporters of the campaign say it affects millions of workers each year, straining social service and charitable programs, robbing government of tax revenue and putting a strain on the entire community.