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State and Local Enforcement Project

Cities and Localities


Op-eds, blog posts, articles


Laboratories of Experimentation: Local Governments at the Forefront of Advancing Workers’ Rights, October 12, 2022, featuring Boston Mayor Michelle Wu; New York City Comptroller Brad Lander; Durham City Council Member Jillian Johnson; Seattle City Council Member Teresa Mosqueda; SEIU 32BJ General Counsel Katchen Locke; Local Progress Policy Director LiJia Gong; and Director of State and Local Enforcement Project (Harvard Labor and Worklife Program) Terri Gerstein. Hosted by Harvard Labor and Worklife Program and Local Progress.

Law Review Article

Terri Gerstein, State and Local Workers’ Rights Innovations: New Players, New Laws, New Methods of Enforcement, 65 St. Louis U. L.J. 45 (2021).

Select news coverage about the trend of cities and localities getting involved in workers’ rights

Materials about state preemption of local laws

Workers’ Rights Roundup

This monthly collaboration between Local Progress and the Center for Labor and a Just Economy will collect and highlight some of the most exciting workers’ rights developments coming from local governments—large and small.