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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source International Labour Organization
Policy Areas Economic Justice
With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, large portions of the world’s workforce shifted to homeworking, joining hundreds of millions of other workers who had already been working from home for decades. Given the continued struggle to improve the rights and working conditions...

Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Presently, the average American worker is unfairly compensated for their labor. In response to this challenge, ProGov21's updated Job Quality Roadmap provides information and resources that enable the creation of a healthy and productive workforce. It calls on local governments to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source GovPilot
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
This guide outlines employee retention strategies and highlights best practices for preventing turnover in local government positions. It recommends utilizing federal infrastructure grant funding to provide retention incentives, fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Rhode Island
Source The Economic Progress Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This brief outlines results from the Economic Policy Institute's study on the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015. It finds that raising the minimum wage will dually improve the economic well-being of Rhode Islanders and strengthen...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This infographic argues that subsidized child care is ineffective until the early care and education system is reformed to ensure educators earn fair wages and benefits. Although subsidies have the potential to help low-income families afford child care, tax credits primarily benefit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Children & Families
Michigan should enact an earned sick leave law. An earned sick leave law in Michigan would require most employers to bank sick time for their workers based on the number of hours they have worked. This would help low-paid workers keep their jobs, increase productivity, reduce employee...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) Florida
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Qualified teachers are the foundation of high-quality early care and education (ECE). However, inadequate compensation and subpar working conditions for ECE workers threatens the quality of programs by leading to high levels of turnover. This report urges policymakers to invest in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Teaching in early care and education (ECE) programs is one of the lowest-paid occupations in the United States. This report summarizes recent research on wage standards and assesses existing initiatives intended to address the problem of low wages in ECE. It concludes that educators...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Los Deliveristas Unidos
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health, Data & Technology
This report contains the findings from a participatory action research project that examined the working and living conditions of delivery workers engaged by digital platforms (also known as apps) to deliver restaurant food orders to consumers in New York City. Findings show that...

Type Article
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source NeoGov
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Government employers must pursue innovative hiring strategies to outcompete private sector entities for talented candidates. This guide outlines best practices for recruiting and sourcing candidates, and recommends emphasizing career development opportunities, improving employer branding...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
While there is wide agreement across states and types of schools that K-12 teachers should obtain a bachelor's degree, no consensus exists within the early care and education workforce. This report analyzes how this lack of consensus has led to disparities in minimum qualifications...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) California
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Though California has enacted numerous laws that help workers recover stolen wages, access paid leave from work, and enforce safe and humane working conditions, such legislation fails to deliver economic security to working Californians unless accompanied by strong enforcement mechanisms....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Health, Data & Technology
Bossware refers to systems that closely monitor and actively manage workers’ activities and performance. In particular, modern worker monitoring technologies (i.e. sensors and cameras that track workers’ physical movements, handheld scanners scanners that track each item a warehouse...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This brief presents the benefits of a Clean Trucks Program (CTP) for the San Pedro Bay port area. High-volume port trucking in this region creates costly externalities, and drivers often receive substandard pay and benefits. The brief argues that CTP would return nearly $4.2 billion...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies, State
State(s) All States
Source Tango Solutions
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement
Offering virtual or hybrid work options may make government positions more attractive to prospective hires. This guide outlines strategies for incorporating hybrid workspace options and highlights improvements in cost efficiency and employee satisfaction. It recommends implementing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) Connecticut
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing, Health
Connecticut’s Latinx and immigrant communities are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Make the Road Connecticut (MRCT) launched an impact survey to more fully understand key issues facing people of color and immigrants related to employment, housing, health,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Public Safety, Health
Recycling workers face serious hazards on the job. For long hours, they work with heavy equipment in dangerous situations and deal with an array of unsafe materials (needles, broken glass, etc) that should not be on the recycling line. As a result of these unsafe conditions, recycling...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) California
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
This report provides a closer look at the well-being of California's early educators during the COVID-19 public health crisis, using data collected from the 2020 California Early Care and Education Workforce Study. Key findings show that educators' low wages leave them vulnerable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Education
Early educators are some of the lowest-paid workers in every state, which especially burdens African American and Hispanic women in this profession. This report analyzes the racial disparities that exist in early education employment. Findings show that African American early educators...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice
The arts are an important sector of Milwaukee's local economy, providing a wide range of educational and cultural opportunities while employing thousands of individuals. Using survey data, this report outlines the characteristics of artists in Milwaukee County, the challenges they...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Education
This factsheet highlights the economic challenges facing low-income communities in Los Angeles, including poverty, a declining manufacturing industry, unemployment, increasing costs of living, and inadequate access to education and training programs. It argues that the city must act...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health
This report evaluates the impact of Los Angeles' decision to update their Living Wage Ordinance to provide healthcare coverage for airline service workers and their families. Six months after the update, access to family healthcare and passenger safety, service, and security improved....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Washington
Source Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
Building an inclusive and engaging workplace culture can help make government positions more attractive to highly qualified workers. This guide outlines the essential aspects of a supportive workplace culture and recommends improving workplace flexibility, fostering team building...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Oakland City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines the decline of Milwaukee's economy over the past 30 years and evaluates the city's current challenges including high unemployment, low job quality, extreme racial inequality, and central city economic isolation. The report recommends overcoming these challenges...

Type Roadmap
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Children & Families
In order to expand equitable access to high-quality child care, policy makers must simultaneously increase the supply of affordable child care and support the child care workforce. ProGov21's updated Affordable Child Care Roadmap outlines steps local governments can take to achieve...

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