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This report outlines the failed strategies the City of Long Beach took toward investing in tourism without ensuring this investment of public dollars produced good jobs. The report then makes suggestions for address the problem.
In The Big Rig: Poverty, Pollution, and the Misclassification of Truck Drivers at America’s Ports, we examined changes in labor practices in the port trucking industry. These changes, originating in the 1970s, have led to the development of an industry characterized by “fierce competition, ever-increasing service requirements, a contingent workforce, poverty level wages, no health care coverage, rampant safety violations, [and] ineffective or illusory enforcement.” Such conditions are now increasingly common among American workers and feature prominently in debates about burgeoning inequality in the country. Our research found the dire working conditions of port truck drivers to have flowed from the practice of treating employees as if they were ‘independent contractors,’ an illegal practice called misclassification. At the time, there were practically no official government investigations to verify our findings despite a host of enforcement agencies being responsible for preventing misclassification.
The factsheet outlines the cities The Utility Pre-Craft Trainee Program (UPCT) in LA which aimed to place low income and minority city residents in good union utility jobs through an innovative training program.
This report outlines the missed potential to create good job in LA's toursim industry in the under utilized Century Boulevard section of the city. Focuses on local poverty and poverty wage jobs at area hotels connected to the airport.
This report outlines the issues with Long Beach's Clean Trucks Program which made truck drivers not the companies bare the costs of the reforms. This further contributes to their independent contractor status.
This is the full Minneapolis 2040 regional development plan. The 2040 Plan is a comprehensive master plan for development in the city. Critically, this plan rezoned the entire city of Minneapolis eliminating single-family zoning. They did this to address the affordable-housing crisis and confront a history of racist housing practices.
This report examines the working conditions at two of Skechers’ contractors in Southern California: Green Fleet Systems and Olivet International. Green Fleet Systems is Skechers’ primary port trucking contractor. Each year, Green Fleet’s truck drivers move thousands of shipping containers filled with millions of dollars worth of Skechers shoes from the Los Angeles ports to Skechers’ main distribution center in Moreno Valley. The second supplier, Olivet International, distributes Skechers’ branded luggage and bags from its own warehouse in Riverside County to retail stores across the country. The report’s findings, based on public records research and extensive interviews with current and former workers, are disturbing. In its own backyard, Skechers contracts with companies that misclassify workers as “independent contractors,” engage in illegal wage practices, expose workers to unsafe working conditions, and retaliate against workers who speak out against these practices.
This is the executive summary of Minneapolis 2040 regional development plan. Critically, this plan rezoned the entire city of Minneapolis eliminating single-family zoning. They did this to address the affordable-housing crisis and confront a history of racist housing practices.
The retail sector is an integral part of the Los Angeles landscape with almost half a million workers in the county, and 147,157 workers in the city. Retail makes up one-tenth of the private sector workforce in the county and is its second largest employer. Yet more than half of the county’s workforce earn low wages. In the past few years, local and statewide policies have focused on transforming low-wage work, including a raise in the minimum wage, increased worker protections, and required paid time off. Despite the statewide strengthening of workers’ rights protections, the unreliable hours and unpredictable schedules endemic in the retail industry mean these benefits become inaccessible to many workers. In part, the retail industry relies on scheduling practices that are not good for workers, such as forcing them to wait for their weekly schedules with only a few days notice. These practices not only undercut workers’ hours and their expectations thereof, but also their incomes, and can make it nearly impossible for workers to realize full and healthy lives.
This report highlights how commerical offices in LA using low road security contractors contribute both to poverty in the city and decreased public safety.