New app helps workers fight employer abuses, wage theft

The Worker Institute at Cornell, of the School of Industrial Labor Relations, plays critical role in development of The Jornaler@ Wage Theft App

WHAT: Launch of Jornaler@ App ­– a new app that allows users to safely share their experiences and report abusive and neglectful employers, simplifying the process of documenting wage theft and other violations

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to Noon

WHERE: Hart Playground, 37th Avenue and 69th Street in Queens, NY

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to contact Prerna Sampat, Communications and Website Manager at 847.340.1658 or ps828@cornell.edu for further information.

New York, N.Y. – Day laborers face the constant threat of not getting paid for their work, being paid less than the minimum wage, or being subjected to workplace dangers outside of their control. Initiatives that support low wage and immigrant workers have become critically important for preventing a surge in violations of labor and human rights of these vulnerable workers.

To address these challenges, New York day labor centers in collaboration with The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, have developed a new tool, a mobile phone application to prevent wage theft and other violations of worker rights.

The Jornaler@ Wage Theft App (jornalera meaning laborer) allows users to safely share their experiences and report abusive and neglectful employers, effectively inserting transparency and simplifying the job of record keeping, allowing laborers to:

  1. Engage by keeping track of hours and earnings
  2. Report wage theft to a workers center
  3. Alert other workers about bad employers

The launch event will include a brief demonstration of Jornaler@ given by day laborers that were closely involved with the design process, and remarks will be made by:

  • Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO
  • Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON)
  • Manuel Castro, Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
  • Jeff Grabelsky, Associate Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell
  • James Rogers, Deputy Commissioner of the NYS Task Force for Worker Protection

Contact:
Prerna Sampat
Communications and Website Manager
847.340.1658
ps828@cornell.edu