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Localities Take Action to Protect Workers: A Report for Labor Day 2023


In the past, protecting workers and advancing workers’ rights was not generally seen as a role of cities, counties, or local governments. But in recent years, local governments have begun to play a critical and growing role in relation to protecting workers through:

  • Creating dedicated local labor agencies or hiring dedicated labor personnel;
  • Establishing worker boards or councils;
  • Improving working conditions for their own local government employees;
  • Passing and enforcing laws expanding workers’ rights;
  • Enforcing local labor protections;
  • Incorporating labor compliance or high-road requirements in relation to contracting,
    licensing, and permitting;
  • And more.

Over the course of a year, we tracked and compiled pro-worker policy developments at the local level across the country. This special Labor Day report provides a sense of the breadth and substance of pro-worker action by local government entities during the past year.

This report represents a collaboration between the Local Progress Impact Lab, the Economic Policy Institute, and CLJE’s State and Local Enforcement Project.

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