On this Labor Day, advocating for just wages means fighting company theft

Sep 6, 2021
by Stephenie Overman, National Catholic Reporter

Exactly what constitutes a just or living wage, one that enables workers to support themselves and their families in a way consistent with human dignity, may be open to debate.

But one element — wage theft — is clear. It’s the failure to pay workers what they are legally due — it is misclassifying workers, avoiding overtime pay or requiring employees to work “off the clock.”

Conversations on just wages and the economy should include such fundamentals, said Daniel Graff, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Higgins Labor Program, part of the university’s Center for Social Concerns.< read more-->