Kathleen Rice has long been an advocate for our rights. As the district attorney of Nassau County, Ms. Rice has demonstrated her commitment to the investigation and prosecution of labor law violations in New York. Protecting workers rights and the rights of all New Yorkers have been at the forefront of her work as Nassau County District Attorney.
D.A. Rice has made workers’ rights and labor issues the centerpiece of her tenure as Nassau’s top prosecutor. In 2008 she took on the world’s largest corporation, Walmart, for its handling of a fatal Black Friday stampede. District Attorney Rice’s investigation eventually forced the retail giant to agree to a series of unprecedented and sweeping safety reforms. Her efforts forced Walmart to set up a $1.5 million victims’ compensation fund. The reforms have since been adopted by the corporation on a nationwide level,affecting millions of Americans every day.
In addition to the Walmart settlement, D.A. Rice set up a Labor Unit, which is focused solely on investigating and prosecuting violations of state and local wage laws, misclassification fraud and low-wage worker exploitation. D.A. Rice’s Labor Unit has recovered more than $1.4 million in restitution and forfeiture to local governments and workers in Nassau. She also organized a Labor Law Advisory Group which meets regularly and provides information to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.
In response to her stellar record, many labor organizations have endorsed D.A. Rice. They include the NYS and NYC Building & Construction Trades Councils, RWDSU and many of its locals including Local 338 and Local 1102, UFCW Local 1500 & Local One, the Nassau/Suffolk Building and the Construction Trades Council and the Long Island Federation of Labor.
For these reasons and many more, LABORPRESS proudly endorses District Attorney Kathleen Rice for New York State Attorney General and urges all New Yorkers to vote for her on Primary Day, Tuesday, September 14.