Report: San Jose Dump Owes Workers "Millions"

Newby Island's operators are in arrears to its workers.

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    Dump workers in San Jose may have been underpaid by as much as $2.6 million. And the dump operators aren't paying.

    A San Jose dump appears to be in debt to 193 workers.

    The company that operates Newby Island Landfill in San Jose owes its workers about $2.6 million in back pay, according to San Jose Inside.

    That's the difference between $10, the minimum wage the workers earned under San Jose city law, and the "living wage" that companies who do business with the city are supposed to shell out under city law, the website reported.

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    "Living wage" in San Jose runs as high as $17.03 an hour -- meaning some workers earned almost half that.

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    The 193 workers each should receive a check for $13,396 for back pay, the website reported.

    However, the company is disputing the past-due bill for back pay, saying that it is "in full compliance" with its agreement with the city.