Fight Wage Law, Say Homeless Advocates [welfare-to-work] FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 18 Apr 1998 15:10:52 -0700 (PDT)


FWD  http://www.pathfinder.com/NY1/news/headlines/advocates_for_the.html
     3/20/98 - New York 1 News

ADVOCATES FOR THE HOMELESS FIGHT WAGE LAW

       Advocates for the homeless say a recent ruling that two Business
Improvement Districts violated minimum wage laws should now be applied to
the city's workfare program.

       Wednesday's ruling concerned the Grand Central Partnership, its
social service program and the 34th Street Partnership. A federal judge
concluded clients of Grand Central's social service group were promised job
training and other employment opportunities. But the clients often ended up
working up to 80 hours a week for as little as $1 an hour, and that was
ruled illegal.

       The Coalition for the Homeless and the Urban Justice Center argue
the ruling could assure that workfare clients are paid minimum wage in the
future. But the city says the workfare program already followed the wage
law.

       In a statement about its workers, the Grand Central Partnership
said, "Many or most were lying unserved in Grand Central Terminal and the
streets around [it] at the time we started these programs."

       More than 40 clients of the Partnership will be reimbursed. The
Partnerships plan to appeal.

New York 1 News

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