The goal of the Illinois #WorkersFirst Bill is to allow workers the ability secure assets after a judge rules that they were robbed wages.
Too often employers are able to abuse current laws to avoid paying workers for stolen wages.
What Does It Do?
Puts #WorkersFirst in the employer's bankruptcy process
Prevents bad employers from transferring or selling their assets while they are going to court for wage theft
Allows workers to secure their interest in a bad employer's assets at the moment the violation occurs
Why Does It Matter?
Workers who were robbed wages have no right to their wages until a judge or agency rules they are owed wages. This can take 1 to 3 years.
Bad employers abuse the length of the process and transfer assets to other family members, close, or file for bankruptcy which keep workers from being able to collect any money at the end
Workers need a tool to protect themselves from bad employers and to collect the wages they were robbed from.
What Does It Mean for workers?
Allows workers to secure their interest in a bad employer's assets for the stolen wages in the form of a lien
Workers have 3 years from the time the violation occurs to record a lien
After a judge or agency decides on their case, the worker can collect their stolen wages through the recorded lien
Grant workers the right to collect assets from the company and the individual
If the employer tries to file for bankruptcy, it makes the worker a secured creditor
Arise Chicago, Restaurant Opportunities Chicago, Chicago Workers Collaborative, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Chicago Community & Workers Rights, Latino Union, Warehouse Workers for Justice, Workers Center for Racial Justice, Illinois Office of Attorney General, IL AFL-CIO, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Chicago Federation of Labor, AFSCME Local 31