Labor Rights

Major Companies Rely On Underground Labor Brokers That Charge Workers High Fees

Some of the country’s biggest temp agencies and high profile companies regularly delegate hiring and employment services to a network of underground labor brokers that charge workers obligatory fees for rides to their jobs and to cash checks. The fees push workers incomes below the minimum wage. That’s according to a [new investigation by ProPublica and Marketplace](http://www.marketplace.org/raiteros), which ran a multi-part series this week on the practice.

AFL-CIO Praises Obama's Perez Pick

President Obama announced Monday that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, to be the next secretary of labor.