Don Chartier, founder/CEO of HourVoice, being congratulated by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Aura Aguilar, left, of Centro Romero Worker Center, and Ryan Fischer, CEO of 20spokes development agency, gamely flanking Don during a TV interview. A little recognition once in a while really boosts [...]
The Illinois Fighting Wage Theft Act passed out of the Senate this afternoon, 30-22, on party lines. Many, many thanks to Senator Daniel Biss for sponsoring and shepherding the bill through the labor committee and the Senate floor, and thanks to Senators Cristina Castro and Emile Jones, plus a big [...]
...Republican State Senator Brent Jackson of Autryville, North Carolina. Brent is also a farmer, owning Jackson Farming Company, which grows melons, strawberries, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and such. The US Department of Labor just completed an eight-month investigation and found that he: Didn't pay the prevailing minimum wage to his field [...]
Restaurant Associates and Personnel Plus were ordered yesterday to pay 674 workers $1,008,302 in back wages, after the Department of Labor found they misclassified workers and forced them to start working before clocking in. DOL also found that Restaurant Associates didn't pay for required benefits. Restaurant Associates is owned by Compass USA, which [...]
HourVoice had the honor of being interviewed by Theresa Dear on her WVON radio show, Let's Get to Work. Founder/CEO Don Chartier and Advisor Vincent Thomas put on "the cans" (headphones), took some listener calls, and in general had a wonderful time talking with Theresa, who certainly knows how to put people at [...]
HourVoice just completed a two-day dissection of its business model by mentors at The Workers Lab, and I think we survived. Through some very lucky networking (thanks to Aaron Sojourner of U of Minnesota), we heard about the opportunity just the day before the deadline, and hustled up an application. HourVoice [...]
Kati Sipp, driving force behind Hack the Union, graciously agreed to interview me (Don) about HourVoice through the miracle of Internet video and Google Hangouts. Let's just say I'm not a cinematographer, and you might want to just listen rather than watch. With those disclaimers, can see/hear the interview here.