Target: Brad Avakian, Labor Commissioner, Bureau of Labor and Industries
Goal: Ensure that every work wage complaint filed is read, analyzed, and responded to.
Over 200 Oregonians were recently left hanging by the Bureau of Labor and Industries, who closed a significant portion of the wage complaints in the state during the second half of the year due to budget constraints. Circumstances have allowed the bureau to re-open and re-examine these claims. It is imperative that they all get looked at and responded to, lest any workers risk having their hard work go unrewarded.
The bureau usually has seven wage investigators on staff, but the budget constraints forced them to lay off three of them. This led to the problem of the wage complaints not being heard, for the reason that there wasn’t enough available staff to hear them all. This is still not an acceptable reason for delaying hearing the complaints, but now that there have been two additional investigators added who are set to begin analyzing the complaints, there is absolutely no reason to ignore any of them.
Workers need to be fairly compensated for the hard work that they do and the hours they put in. It is unfair and unjust to take away their compensation even if the organization responsible for providing it goes understaffed. Additionally, a case such as this leaves workers in a total and complete bind, since their only other recourse would be to hire a lawyer and this would almost definitely require them to go even further in the red to be able to afford one. Thus, it is imperative that the new investigators responsible for looking at these claims do so diligently and with great care.
Call upon the Labor Commissioner to take action.
Dear Commissioner Avakian,
It is commendable of you to have taken a personal interest in this issue and seen to it that more worker complaint claims are being opened and analyzed after the long period of the Bureau of Labor and Industries ignoring them. But you must make sure that the job is done thoroughly and completely.
You cannot allow this opportunity to go by without giving equal attention to each claim that comes your way. All workers deserve to be fairly compensated for their work, and thus a complaint cannot go unheard. Ensure that your investigators do their due diligence and review absolutely every complaint.
Again, it is good that you have decided to make this issue a top priority. But you should also make it a top priority to complete your task thoroughly and ensure that the workers of your state are treated fairly. Don’t let them down.
[Your Name Here]
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