May 27, 2013

Worker advocates have turned to a new tool to educate low-wage employees about wage theft.

Welcome the comic book.

The first issue of Wage Theft: Crime & Justice, published by Chicago-based Interfaith Worker Justice, may not be coveted by comic book collectors, but clients at worker centres around the U.S. are poring over the bilingual book to learn how best to regain wages owed to them by deceitful employers.

"The combination of story and art can be very powerful," said Jeffry Korgen, who wrote the book and teamed with artist Kevin Pyle in the effort.

A longtime worker rights advocate, Korgen said he was inspired to develop a short graphic novel in English and Spanish to tell the stories of workers who were cheated out of wages owed to them under state and federal laws.