The New Year has started auspiciously for 82 Queens workers.
Labor Dept. gets back pay for 82 workers
After years of being cheated by their employer, the New York State Department of Labor made sure that in 2008 they'll finally get the more than half-million dollars owed to them over a period of six years.
The department, with its new policy of aggressively enforcing labor laws and ensuring that workers - all workers, regardless of immigration status - are treated fairly, is beginning to look like one of those rare government agencies that are really doing their job.
Good for the state for making these businesses pay up even while Mayor Mike promotes the exploitation of desperate immigrants.