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Tue, 30 May 2000 23:54:51 -0400


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Recently, Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson and Assistant Police Chief Bill =
Shelton spoke at a press conference to denounce the ongoing practice of =
employers who refuse to pay their day laborers for their work. The =
administration's strong criticism of this illegal conduct was welcomed =
by low-income advocates, who over the years have had a steady stream of =
complaints from men who have been picked up outside the downtown =
homeless shelter to do construction or landscaping work, and who have =
not received payment for their labor. Sometimes they are left at the =
worksite, which can be some distance from downtown Salt Lake City; =
sometimes they are physically abused when they ask for their payment; =
and sometimes contractors do not return to the pick-up site when they =
have promised to bring their paychecks.=20
    It is reprehensible that the large majority of these victims are =
homeless, and many are monolingual Spanish-speakers who may not be U.S. =
citizens. Unfortunately, from anecdotal evidence, it appears that the =
men who register a complaint are only a very small proportion of those =
who are victims of these crimes, and advocates expect the number of =
complaints to increase as spring brings on additional landscaping jobs. =
The statements from the Salt Lake City administration draw attention to =
what continues to be a serious threat to one of Utah's most vulnerable =
communities, and send a strong message that such conduct will not be =
tolerated in our city.=20
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    MARC HOENIG=20
    Salt Lake City=20
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complaints=20
from men who have been picked up outside the downtown homeless shelter =
to do=20
construction or landscaping work, and who have not received payment for =
their=20
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distance from=20
downtown Salt Lake City; sometimes they are physically abused when they =
ask for=20
their payment; and sometimes contractors do not return to the pick-up =
site when=20
they have promised to bring their paychecks. <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It =
is=20
reprehensible that the large majority of these victims are homeless, and =
many=20
are monolingual Spanish-speakers who may not be U.S. citizens. =
Unfortunately,=20
from anecdotal evidence, it appears that the men who register a =
complaint are=20
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and=20
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on=20
additional landscaping jobs. The statements from the Salt Lake City=20
administration draw attention to what continues to be a serious threat =
to one of=20
Utah's most vulnerable communities, and send a strong message that such =
conduct=20
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<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
MARC HOENIG <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Salt Lake=20
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