Daniel J. Galvin

Daniel J. Galvin is an associate professor of political science and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. He is the author of “Deterring Wage Theft: Alt-Labor, State Politics, and the Policy Determinants of Minimum Wage Compliance,” Perspectives on Politics, 14, 2 (June 2016).

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Combating Wage Theft under Donald Trump

For now, it will be up to states and cities to protect workers.

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AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File McDonald's employees serve a meal containing a large soda, in New York. I n what has become something of an annual ritual , the Department of Labor recently announced that an investigation of the garment industry in Southern California uncovered rampant wage theft. Eighty-five percent of inspected garment contractors had violated wage-and-hour laws, with the most offenses committed by contractors sewing garments for Ross Dress for Less, Forever 21, and TJ Maxx. Workers were found to be earning well below the minimum wage, as little as $3 an hour . Some were paid six cents per piece of clothing while they worked in sweatshop conditions . Adjusted for inflation, these wages are comparable to what the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers made in 1911 . The Department will collect $1.3 million in back wages for these exploited workers. Such investigations can't root out all violations, of course. But under Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Wage and Hour Division...