The automaker is spending $212 million on new equipment and tooling for three of its existing factories in Kokomo to produce eight-speed and nine-speed automatic transmissions. Chrysler is spending another $162 million to open a new transmission plant in the nearby town of Tipton that will produce an all-new nine-speed transmission.And more:
DL: One example you gave in the book, a dishwasher, speaks perfect English but can’t move to a front of the house position. It was one of your first actions.
SJ: Oh, Restaurant Daniel? One of the only four-star restaurants in New York. We were approached by Latino bussers and runners who told us they had been training white workers for years who would then immediately make five times what they earned. Being one of the only four-star restaurants in New York, the waiters can earn up to $150,000 a year and the bussers and runners earn between $20,000 and $30,000, and these workers really were getting sick of training someone who would pass them and earn five times what they were earning. This is pretty common to the industry where workers of color are relegated to the lowest-paying jobs and don’t have the opportunity to move up even if they wanted to.
- States are cutting wage-and-hour enforcement, leading to a wage theft epidemic as employers face even less danger for refusing to pay workers what they've earned.