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Episode Info: This is special feature is produced by Democracy at Work for Workers Independent News.  This is Richard Wolff for Democracy at Work. I want to talk to you today about something that happens very often and isn’t caught. But, it has been caught now in a couple of places and I want to talk to you about it because it so much more widespread than where it was caught. Well, what am I talking about? I am talking about using computers to figure out and pay workers their wages and salaries but, using them in such a way that money is taken away illegally from workers’ wages, from their deductions from their tips in this case and the company in question you all know, Dominos Pizza. And the New York Attorney General Eric Scheiderman in a number of lawsuits, from basically cheating their workers, that is a nice way to put it, they have agreed to pay to various sums of money in the millions of dollars by the way over years now, for having cheated underpaid their workers. This is a serious problem, nor is Dominos the only one; Papa Johns is another one at least in the New York area having to pay millions of dollars and so on.  What’s going on here is all too familiar.  It’s the process in which automation and the big business way of paying salaries becomes  smokescreen for an age old effort to shortchange workers what they are paid.  The bottom line of it is, if workers don’t pay attention, their unions don’t pay attention; they are going to get screwed out of money that they are entitled to that is supposed to be paid to them.  It also means government statistics for what workers are earning, which rely on these numbers, are in fact relying on numbers that overstate what the real story is, it may be worse, in other words, than what we are told.  It shouldn’t be, to have an economy that is working like this, it shouldn’t be, a system of employers ripping us off, but it is the case and it requires vigilance so long as this system survives. This is Richard Wolff for Democracy at Work, a special feature for Workers Independent News. 
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