August 24, 2018
by Rep. Ryan Guillen
As we look back at what's transpired in the year since Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Coast, we see many stories of hope and recovery. For many Texas workers, however, this week is a reminder of an unhappy anniversary as hundreds, possibly thousands, remain unpaid for recovery work, according to recent reports.
People working in terrible conditions like high heat, high humidity, and polluted waters to help fellow Texans recover from disaster certainly deserve to get paid for their work, which is why in the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, we worked to pass the original Wage Theft Law. But recent Harvey related incidents, reported by the Dallas Morning News, highlights our state's lack of preparedness in protecting workers and the need to further address this issue in the next session of the legislature.
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The Golden Rule Applies
Where I come from, when you hire someone to do a job, you’ve gotta pay for it. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” they say. When this kind of lawlessness is as widespread as it is said to be, action must be taken by this state to protect our fellow Texans.