Posted by: abbiewatters | December 4, 2012

Advent One – Tuesday

 Romans 13:11-14

One of the blogs I’m following now is from Interfaith Workers Justice. Their reflection for today is very meaningful in our hope for justice in the world. From their newsletter:

Wage Theft is still a crime

Melissa, a student trying to work her way through college finally quit her job after five months at a prestigious restaurant because her employer had paid her $275 for 70 to 80 hours per week, and despite constant promises to “work out” more wages, the boss refused to pay her the additional wages. She was paid less than $4 per hour.

Tom works at a nationally known hotel chain that continually shorts him and his colleagues for hours.

Bev worked as a lifeguard this past summer but often didn’t get paid for all the hours she worked. Whenever another lifeguard didn’t show up, she was asked to work extra hours, but was told not to record the hours because she wasn’t allowed to work more than 40 hours per week.

Arturo’s employer was found guilty of wage theft, officially repaid the wages as ordered by the courts and then required Arturo to return the money or lose his job.

We Christians need to reaffirm that with the coming of Jesus into the world, justice is possible. He came to bring peace to all people, and peace is impossible without justice and wholeness. The worker is worthy of his hire.

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