2022 Policy and Advocacy Agenda Bold Solutions to Advance Racial and Economic Justice

In 2022, we are fighting for a good-jobs economy.

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Raises From Coast to Coast in 2022

A record-high 81 jurisdictions will raise their minimum wage over the course of 2022.

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Injuries, Dead-End Jobs, and Racial Inequity in Amazon’s Minnesota Operations

Amazon is failing to provide safe workplaces, stable employment, and adequate compensation to workers in MN.

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7 Things We Learned About Unemployment Insurance During the Pandemic

This brief assesses the nation’s experience with expanded unemployment insurance during the pandemic.

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App-Based Workers Speak: Studies Reveal Anxiety, Frustration, and a Desire for Good Jobs

What is it really like for workers who are trying to make a living using #Uber, #Lyft, #Doordash & #Instacart?

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‘Just Cause’ Job Protections: Building Racial Equity and Shifting the Power Balance

A growing movement of workers is calling for lawmakers to end unjust firings and replace ‘at-will’ employment

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News Releases

Record Number of Cities, States Will Increase Minimum Wages in 2022 

­21 states and 35 cities and counties will raise their wage floors in the New Year.

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Report: Injury Rate at Minnesota Amazon Warehouses Is Four Times the Statewide Average for All Industries

Warehouse conditions marked by racial pay inequities, high turnover, harmful discipline practices.

Posted December 8, 2021 Read More

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NELP statement in response to the new COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard issued by OSHA

Statement from NELP in response to the new COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard issued by OSHA

Posted November 5, 2021 Read More

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New Report Reveals App-Based Workers’ Anxieties, Frustrations, and Desire for Good Jobs

We highlight findings from 20 research studies documenting the experiences of workers struggling to make a living on the apps. 

Posted October 27, 2021 Read More

Press Clips

Hear Us: Cities Are Working to End Another Legacy of Slavery — ‘At Will’ Employment

One in two U.S. workers (47% of workers overall, 50% of Black workers, and 52% of Latinx workers) have been(…)

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NELP Welcomes DHS Memo Outlining New Efforts to Support Worker Rights

DHS will examine existing policies and recommend new ones to support the enforcement of labor standards.

Posted October 12, 2021 Read More

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NELP statement on introduction of the Unemployment Insurance Improvement Act

The following is a statement from Rebecca Dixon, executive director of the National Employment Law Project on the introduction of(…)

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NELP Calls on Biden Administration to Stop Mass Deportation and Mistreatment of Haitian Asylum Seekers

Where is the Biden administration’s commitment to racial justice, equity, dignity, or even basic due process?

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Unemployment Benefits Kept 4.7 Million People Out of Poverty in 2020

Census data reveal the significant impact of unemployment insurance on keeping people out of poverty.

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Jobs Report: Black and Latinx Workers Are Being Left Behind, Unemployment Insurance Reform Critical

The latest jobs report shows we are falling short of a just recovery.

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NELP Welcomes Biden Administration Call for Immediate Unemployment Insurance Reforms

We applaud the Biden administration for urging Congress to enact immediate long-term unemployment insurance reforms.

Posted August 19, 2021 Read More

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New Report: New Yorkers Indicate That Retaliation Prevents Them From Exposing Workplace Dangers

More than 1 in 3 working New Yorkers are likely not to report sexual harassment.

Posted August 11, 2021 Read More

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JOBS REPORT:  Despite Job Growth, as Benefit Cliff Approaches, Renewing and Reforming Unemployment Insurance is An Urgent Racial Justice Matter

Workers need bold reform that will lay the groundwork for an equitable unemployment insurance system and labor market.

Posted August 6, 2021 Read More

News Releases

On the Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

President Trumka spent his life fighting for workers’ rights and economic justice; he remains an inspiration to all.

Posted August 5, 2021 Read More

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New Report Proposes Critical Unemployment Insurance Policy Reforms

The report calls for a stronger federal role and permanent reforms to UI benefits to better sustain families.

Posted June 24, 2021 Read More

2022 Policy and Advocacy Agenda

Our 2022 Policy and Advocacy Agenda describes how we will advance transformative solutions to achieve racial and economic justice and support Black and immigrant workers in building power.

Featured Campaigns

Ensuring Safe and Healthful Working Conditions

Nearly three million workers are seriously injured on the job every year.

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Raising the Minimum Wage

More workers than ever are struggling to get by on low-wage jobs.

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Ensuring People with Convictions Have a Fair Chance to Work

A conviction in one’s past shouldn’t be a life sentence to joblessness.

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FAQs are for workers about the various benefits they may be entitled to during this pandemic, and whether they should apply.

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