Wage theft has become rampant for many working-class individuals and students. Employers have taken advantage of the current economic conditions. High unemployment, deregulation and lack of enforcement efforts have led many employers to cheat their employees. In an effort to help abused employees, the Center for Working-Class Studies has developed a list of wage thefts and where employees might go to get some assistance from government agencies.
The Steeltown Digital Library provides access to primary sources reflecting the history of the Mahoning Valley, including many of the sources discussed in Steeltown USA: Work and Memory in Youngstown. The site also offers lesson plans for using local history in middle and high school courses.
During the 2006-2007 academic year, Sherry Linkon and Alyssa Lenhoff coordinated a project to create an exhibit and report on how work is changing in the Mahoning Valley. "Worker Portraits: Faces of Strength" involved Youngstown State University (YSU) journalism students in writing profiles of individual workers, and CWCS affiliate Rosemary D'Apolito conducted research on demographic patterns. In April 2007, the resulting exhibit opened at the Youngstown Historical Center, featuring a dozen profiles, with beautiful photographs by Steve Cagan, and an accompanying booklet. The exhibit has been displayed at several locations around the Mahoning Valley.