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Unpaid Workers Unite! Biggest Rally Against Wage Theft Yet, Next Wednesday, October 15, 9am, NYC.

New York State Department of Labor, 75 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, Map
When: Wednesday, October 15, 9am

Join Intern Labor Rights at the as we stand side-by-side with workers from the Indus Valley restaurants, the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops, the Chinese Staff & Workers Association, the Flushing Workers Center, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and the Coalition for a Real Minimum-Wage Increase to tell Governor Andrew Cuomo: Enforce the Labor Law!

This will be the last rally before the November 4th election and the biggest one of all so if you’ve been unable to attend the previous monthly rallies, this is the one to make.

Each year in New York State tens of thousands of young people take on unpaid internships, hoping and believing that they will gain the training necessary to get jobs and begin their careers. The vast majority find themselves untrained and exploited. They are the victims of Wage Theft!

The New York State Department of Labor’s own guidelines on unpaid internships at For-Profit Businesses state that the vast majority of these interns are workers who have been misclassified as trainees. The guidelines say that the New York State Minimum Wage Act and Wage Orders and the federal Fair Labor Stands Act require all workers to be paid at least a minimum wage. Yet the Department of Labor does nothing to hold businesses accountable – and many of them are large, profitable multi-national corporations.

Governor Cuomo! Enforce the Labor Law!

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Unpaid Internships Really Great Experiences For America’s Finest News Source

NEWS IN BRIEF • News • Business • ISSUE 49•33 • Aug 13, 2013


CHICAGO—Following the departure of their spring and summer interns in Graphic Design, Writing/Research, and Business Analysis, executives at The Onion, an American multimedia news organization, reflected on how these multiple internships had turned out to be really positive experiences for their for-profit publication. “Going into the program we weren’t really sure what to expect, but by the end we realized just how much we had gotten out of it,” said Human Resource Manager Katie Pontius. Interns like Erin, Sara, and Jason reportedly provided the company with 3 to 4 full days per week of free or low-paid labor with no benefits for over the course of 3 to 5 months. “It was an invaluable opportunity for us, giving these interns a chance to work in note-taking, conducting research, gathering visual references, organizing and editing visual references for directors, image searching, assisting on photo shoots and prop run, prepping elements for photo shoots, compiling and distributing internal reports, implementing and maintaining internal process improvements, ad hoc analysis and reporting. Their ability of working independently, and their wealth of skills ranging from Final Draft, Final Cut, Photoshop, Illustrator, Excel, really keep our publication running. In fact, we had such great experiences, we’ve decided to keep hiring interns to conduct all facets of our business!” At press time, sources confirmed that multiple paid entry-level writers, research assistants, graphic designers and business analysts at Onion Inc. had just received pink slips.

Source: Unpaid Internships Really Great Experiences For Local Company by the Onion.


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NYU students collect 1,000 signatures against unpaid internships

NYU sophomore Christina Isnardi has gathered 1,000 student signatures (and counting!) on a petition to have a campus career center remove illegal unpaid internship postings.


“Isnardi cites a recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers that shows that 36% of graduates received at least one job offer, compared with 37% of graduates who were unpaid interns and 60% of graduates who were paid interns. According to this survey, having an unpaid internship increases your likelihood of getting a job by only 1%.

“First, students can fight illegal unpaid internships by simply not taking them. We must become aware of our rights as interns and recognize that we are perpetuating our own exploitation,” said Isnardi. “Another way is through lawsuits. There are millions of unpaid interns who can file lawsuits, and if enough interns seek justice, the system may be brought down. Finally, more pressure needs to be put on local, state, and federal governments to enforce the labor laws that they wrote into law.”"


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