Involving unions and worker groups in navigator programs would help more people understand and get the unemployment benefits they deserve.
Immigrant women are integral members of U.S. society, working across industries that serve all communities and spur economic growth. As the pandemic continues to disproportionately affect women in the workforce, future policy must consider the contributions and needs of immigrant women.
To ensure that workers are afforded the dignity they deserve, state and local officials must act now to strengthen worker power in the workplace and beyond.
This report provides a road map for state and local policymakers working to create or strengthen prevailing wage laws, explains core features of prevailing wage legislation, and lifts up existing best practices from around the county.
States and cities can set minimum compensation standards for private sector employees that reference prevailing wage and benefit rates.
In order to strengthen political democracy, policymakers should support the creation of democratically organized groups such as unions.
Pro-worker advocates must advance strategies and policies that will ensure that all climate jobs are high-quality union jobs that make the economy more equitable.
Tackling climate change will require state and local action alongside federal policy change. State and local policymakers can ensure that good jobs are created in the new clean economy by focusing on five proven job-quality strategies.
Seven core policy reforms are required to protect public health and treat essential workers with respect during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to increase tax fairness for workers, the federal government should immediately restore the tax deduction for union dues and make it available for all workers who support their unions, not just those who itemize.
By developing policies for workers’ boards—governmental bodies that bring together representatives of workers, employers, and the public—state and local policymakers can raise minimum wage rates, benefits, and workplace standards across entire occupations, sectors, and industries.
Workers’ boards—also known as wage boards or industry committees—set minimum wage rates, benefits, and workplace standards for an entire occupation, sector, or industry. Boards can raise wages for both low- and middle-income workers, and they are particularly helpful in industries where traditional collective bargaining is difficult.
This report serves as a guide for state and local government officials and advocates interested in developing workers’ board policies.
Public sector training partnerships raise standards for workers and taxpayers—and they strengthen unions at the same time.
Expanding on existing Ghent-like programs in the United States would strengthen unions and improve government services.