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Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of San Diego
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This ordinance ensures compliance with non-discrimination laws and the California Equal Pay Act. It further requires businesses to equalize wages between employees who perform equal or substantially similar work, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
As federal and state governments move toward marijuana legalization, labor conditions within the industry need to be evaluated. Currently, many of the employers in the marijuana industry take a "low road" approach to their workforce, with low wages, poor to no benefits, and frequent...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Digital platform companies like Uber and Doordash consistently violate workers' rights by misclassifying them as 'independent contractors,' paying subminimum wages, and shifting primary risks and costs of doing business onto workers and consumers. This report examines how tech companies...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Ohio's unemployment compensation benefits system is undermined by the requirement that workers earn $230 weekly for 20 weeks to qualify. Implementing a standard that links eligibility to hours worked rather than amount of earnings would increase benefits' accessibility and reduce...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level County
State(s) Virginia
Source The Commonwealth Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
A review of county employee salaries reveals that many public employees in Loudoun County cannot afford to live in the county they serve. This brief highlights how collective bargaining could bring their pay closer to private sector pay levels and also reduce racial and gender pay...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source National Low Income Housing Coalition
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Rents are rising faster than wages, and tenants in many states are burdened by the end of pandemic-era benefits programs that had helped dampen a hostile national housing market. This report examines disparities between wages and rental housing prices across the country and finds...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source City and County of San Francisco
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance enhances the ability of the City and County of San Francisco to enforce its minimum wage by requiring employers to create dispute resolution policies, increasing the penalty for employer retaliation, and establishing penalties for employers that fail to provide personal,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Texas
Source Texans Together For Our Common Good
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Throughout Texas and many other states, families face significant delays in getting welfare benefits and Medicaid. This is exacerbated by chronic underfunding and understaffing. This fact sheet details some ways that state agencies can implement new incentives to retain staff and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report examines the impact of misguided globalization policies, (including monetary policy, unfair trade agreements, failed agreements, and investment deals) and shows that the consequences of these policies have disproportionately affected workers of color....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report highlights policy mechanisms that state and local governments can use to raise wages at an industry or sectoral level and to support worker organizations. Recommendations include, but are not limited to, using wage boards to establish industry-wide pay standards, partnering...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2024
Level State
State(s) California
Source UCLA Labor Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice
High rates of labor violations in California disproportionately harm workers of color and workers in low-wage industries. The 2003 Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) expanded the state's labor enforcement capacity by allowing workers to sue on behalf of the Labor & Workforce Development...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of Los Angeles
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health
This ordinance prohibits retaliation by employers towards employees who report public health violations. It further states that employers in violation of this ordinance are subject to $10,000 in fines per day....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) New Mexico
Source City of Albuquerque
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This ordinance establishes a minimum wage in the City of Albuquerque....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Public Safety
The Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department (UGYFD) is staffed primarily by volunteer members who receive compensation only when called in to respond to a call or for time spent on training and education. Due to their paid-on-call staffing model, the UGYFD is struggling to maintain...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Maine
Source Maine Center for Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Labor unions are essential in delivering better wages, benefits, and working conditions for all workers, especially women and people of color. Public approval of unions is the highest it has been in 60 years, but the share of workers represented by unions continues to decline, due...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
This report compares the prevalence of preemption in Midwestern states to other U.S. regions and finds that the Midwest is second only to the South in overreach into local affairs, preventing municipalities from being able to enact strong labor protection policy, economic health support...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source EARN
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Workers face economic threats including eroding wages, unfair firings, union busting, and entrenched occupational segregation. As workers organize to fight back, they need local policymakers to implement new policies that raise labor standards and crack down on abuses. This report...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source Minneapolis City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This ordinance establishes a minimum wage in Minneapolis. As of July 1, 2021, an employer shall pay an employee no less than fifteen dollars per hour....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This ordinance requires employers that contract with the City of Madison, receive financial assistance from the City, or operate in City-owned facilities to pay their employees a living wage. The City of Madison must also pay their employees a living wage. This ordinance defines a...

Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Inclusive Economics
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Implementing climate policy has the potential to promote high-road workforce development (HRWD) that increase economic opportunity for low-income communities. At the same time, HRWD can facilitate the successful implementation of climate plans and broaden community support for climate...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source COWS
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Milwaukee's service industry jobs offer low wages, inadequate and unpredictable hours, and poor benefits packages. This report calls attention to the crisis in low-wage service work by highlighting the average wages in key service occupations in Milwaukee, while outlining how these...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source City of Philadelphia
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This ordinance creates fair practices for employers within the City of Philadelphia. Some notable clauses include prohibiting employers from inquiring about prior wage history, prohibiting businesses from denying cash retail, and establishing protected classes....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level Other
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Economic Justice, Transportation & Mobility
The shift toward electric vehicles (EVs) will change large sectors of the economy, and these changes will require workers take on new roles. These changes provide an opportunity to reconsider existing policies that are currently failing workers and to improve labor protections. If...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Milwaukee
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health
This ordinance requires employers within the city limits of Milwaukee, WI to provide sick leave benefits. Specifically, employers must provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked and are not required to provide more than 72 hours of sick leave in a calendar year....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level Other
State(s) All States
Source Economic Policy Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report explores the case for continuing to run the economy "hot" in order to maintain low unemployment and high effective demand for labor as a strategy for reducing racial wage gaps and improving racial equity. This report also explores the promises and limits of a high-pressure...

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