Printing Industries of America (PIA)

PIA Obtains Department of Labor Enforcement Statistics

Printing Industries of America has obtained Department of Labor Wage/Hour statistics for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 fiscal years. These numbers reveal key enforcement data on a number of parameters. A breakdown of the statistics can be found on Printing Industries of America's website here.

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage/Hour Division has not published on its website enforcement statistics for the Division, despite requests from Printing Industries of America. In turn, Printing Industries has filed Freedom of Information Act requests obtaining this data over the years.

In March 2009 the Wage/Hour Division began hiring 150 additional investigators after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report concluded that the division was understaffed. The 2011 Fiscal Year statistics shows that enforcement has increased (e.g., back wages collected, number of employees receiving back wages, enforcement hours worked) despite complaints registered decrease by 4,700 from FY 2010. Minimum wage and overtime cases have jumped. Family and Medical Leave Act cases have remained relatively flat. Low-wage industries (which do not include graphic communications) saw a 31 percent increase in cases. Child labor cases were relatively flat.