Resources to Build Evidence

Resources to Build Evidence

The Center for Healthy Work Resources to Build Evidence highlight publications, trainings, stories and articles, emerging data, policy, advocacy, and other innovative initiatives.

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TrainingA New Look at the Way We Work: Nonstandard Work Arrangements and Their Impacts on Worker Safety and HealthThis webinar, a part of the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series, focused on explaining what is considered a 'nonstandard work arrangement,' health impacts of such work, and potential interventions and solutions consistent with a Total Worker Health approach. Featured speakers: Rene Pana-Cryan, PhD, Sherry Baron, MD, MPH, and Lisa Brosseau, ScD, CIH. 1.5 CEU are available for viewing this webinar.

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TrainingCertificate in Total Worker Health®In this online program for Center Health, Work and Environment you'll learn how to develop and manage Total Worker Health (TWH) initiatives—workplace safety, wellness, and health promotion programs. You'll learn how to assess organizational culture, plan and evaluate health and safety programs, and become a better leader.

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TrainingHealth Impacts Safety Toolbox and Safety Meeting GuidesHealth Impacts Safety toolbox and safety meeting guides have been developed to support organizations integrating workplace safety, health, wellness and well-being.

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TrainingHealthy Workplace Participatory Program ToolkitThe Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace's Healthy Workplace Participatory Program (HWPP) Toolkit is designed specifically to help employer organizations adopt and implement a Total Worker Health® program approach. The HWPP Toolkit was developed to engage employees in designing integrated solutions that address a wide range of work environment, work organization, safety, and employee health issues.

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TrainingHospitals Aligned for Healthy CommunitiesThese toolkits are designed to help health and hospital systems improve community health and social conditions through inclusive hiring, investment, and purchasing.

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TrainingMaking Gig Jobs Good JobsAs technological advances leave many workers without decent incomes, safety nets, or basic rights, the National Employment Law Project and SiX Action teamed up to offer new models for turning these "gig" jobs into good jobs.

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TrainingPrecarious Employment -the New Norm? & Changing Unhealthy Work to Healthy WorkPresented by Chia-Chia Chang, MPH, MBA, Coordinator for Partnership and New Opportunity Development, Office of Total Worker Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) & Lisa Brosseau, ScD, Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

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TrainingResearch Symposium: Underserved Workers -Who Are They & What Are Their Workplace H&S Needs?Presented by Lisa Brosseau, ScD, Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago & Joseph Zanoni, PhD, Director of Continuing Education and Outreach, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

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TrainingSeminars on DemandUniversity of Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Engineering Seminars on Demand

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TrainingThe Challenges of Precarious LaborPresentations from the Albert Shanker Institute's Challenges of Precarious Labor conference.

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TrainingTotal Worker Health® Leadership Programs: Learn how to build a safe, healthy, and productive work cultureThe leadership programs offered by the Center for Health, Work and Environment are designed for individuals who want to create a sustainable work culture that is safe, healthy, and productive. The programs are applicable to business owners, executives, senior managers, benefits and HR professionals, occupational health and safety professionals, and public health professionals in public and private organizations in every industry.

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TrainingYourWorkpath Tools and ToolkitsYourWorkpath houses and delivers robust tools and comprehensive toolkits from the Oregan Healthy Workforce Center to lead and help employers find a path towards a healthier and safer workplace.

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Stories/ArticlesA New Brooklyn Clinic for Hotel Workers Who Enjoy No-Cost CareThis article discusses the innovative approach that the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council has championed as a way of addressing the national challenge of paying for health care. The union established a contract that incorporates annual raises and diverted funds to be used in the establishment of an 11-story health clinic.

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Stories/ArticlesThe Barriers Stopping Poor People From Moving to Better JobsHigh housing costs are one important factor that deter people from moving to areas that have better paying jobs. High-income cities are still appealing to many workers, but only highly skilled workers who can command salaries high enough to make it worthwhile to move. Low-income workers will end up spending much of their incomes on housing if they move, and so stay put in lower paying positions. When most economic growth is concentrated in urban centers, it makes it impossible for low-wage workers to participate.

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Stories/ArticlesBen & Jerry's Strikes Deal to Improve Migrant Dairy Workers' ConditionsAn interesting perspective on a high-road employer which has self-imposed fees and regulations to protect the living and working conditions of the dairy farmers that provide the milk for Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. In addition to ensuring that their workers are paid fairly, the "Milk with Dignity" contract ensures that workers receive safe and dignified housing and working conditions.

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Stories/ArticlesChasing the DreamChasing The Dream is a series of stories and films from NEXT Avenue, PBS, and a number of public TV and radio stations. From finding and starting a new job to financial planning and handling racial and gender inequities in the workplace, Americans face a unique set of challenges when it comes to financial security, jobs, and opportunity. Click the link to view the many stories produced on jobs, poverty, and economic opportunity.

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Stories/ArticlesClocking InClocking In is an innovative, interactive, multimedia tool that shows racial and gender inequities in the restaurant, retail, and domestic industries. It brings data, stories, and resources to support the collective action for fair treatment at work.

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Stories/ArticlesDiseases of DistressThis blog post examines the increase of mortality among white, non-Hispanic, middle-aged Americans in recent years. Economists Anne Case and Angus decided to probe whether it was possible to estimate the contribution of work and working conditions to this increase in mortality.

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Stories/ArticlesEducation Isn't the Key to a Good IncomeContrary to the popular belief that getting a good education is the biggest determinant of future economic success, research has shown that factors like higher minimum wages, the presence and strength of labor unions, and clear career pathways within local industries are likely to play more important roles in facilitating a poor child’s ability to rise up the economic ladder when they reach adulthood.

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Stories/ArticlesFuture of Work SeriesPopular ideas about the work are woefully out of date. The New York Times Future of Work series examines work in the context of America’s working class and organizing efforts, technology’s impact, universal guaranteed incomes, the necessity of new skills and the effectiveness of retraining programs.

View the Article: The New Working Class
View the Article: Automation Nation
View the Article: Realizing a Universal Income
View the Article: Meet the Workers
View the Article: Does Retraining Work?s
Stories/ArticlesGiving Voices to Temporary Workers: The Fight for EqualityThis short video shares some of the challenges that temporary workers face in Chicago. Temporary workers answer questionssuch as "Were you properly trained for the position you were hired for?" "Did you feel comfortable speaking out if there was an issue?" and "What would you like legislators to know?"

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Stories/ArticlesIf jobs stop bullets, why aren't more companies stepping up?Recognizing the correlation between joblessness and violence is an important step in addressing the epidemic of violence in Chicago. This article focuses on several employers who are intentionally hiring workers from zip codes with high levels of violence and joblessness, and providing them with quality jobs that promote health, stability, and growth for these communities.

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Stories/ArticlesInside the Real Gig EconomyThis mini-documentary highlights the immense problems that temporary workers experience as they look for work, including hiring discrimination, job instability, lack of safety training, and lack of benefits, as well as the greater social and economic consequences it causes in communities.

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Stories/ArticlesMexican mother feeds the homeless of Little Village and PilsenCheck out this feature article on one of our inspiring research assistants, Dolores Castañeda, who feeds and protects the homeless of Little Village and Pilsen.

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Stories/ArticlesNIOSH Research RoundsNIOSH Research Rounds is a monthly bulletin of selected research conducted by researchers at NIOSH and NIOSH-funded researchers at other institutions.

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Stories/ArticlesPrecarious work is now the new norm, United Way report says.Discusses consequences of precarious work for workers mental, physical, and emotional health, and the impact that it has on the ability to develop a competitive workforce.

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Stories/ArticlesThe Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to DeathThe article discusses some of the social and cultural norms that have normalized the dangerous demands and effects of precarious labor.

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Stories/ArticlesThe Precariat: the New Dangerous ClassUnstable labor is becoming the norm, and it has major consequences for social cohesion and political instability.

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Stories/ArticlesTwo billion dollars in stolen wages were recovered for workers in 2015 and 2016—and that’s just a drop in the bucketIn 2015 and 2016, a total of $2 billion in stolen wages were recovered for workers. This represents wages stolen by employers who, for example, refuse to pay promised wages, pay employees for only some of the hours worked, or fail to pay overtime premiums when employees work more than 40 hours in a week. This report defines and details wage theft in the United States as well as solutions.

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Stories/ArticlesWhat Amazon Does to Poor CitiesIn the past 10 years, Amazon has dramatically expanded its footprint across the country.However, the debate over Amazon’s HQ2 obscures the company’s rapid expansion in low-income areas. Some communities desperate to attract economic activity have been left worse off since Amazon has opened warehouses in their areas, forcing community membersto take precarious jobs.

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Stories/ArticlesWhy Aren't Wages Rising Faster…These articles provide an analysis as to why wages have remained stagnant despite relatively low unemployment. This phenomenon is a major contributor to the widening wage gap and income inequality.

Read the NY Times Article: Why Aren't Wages Rising Faster Now That Unemployment Is Lower?
Read the Washington Post Article: Why Aren't Wages Growing More Quickly? A Graphical Analysis.
Stories/ArticlesWhy succeeding against the odds can make you sickExploration of why those who were “more diligent and tended to strive for success” were more likely than the others to get sick. Looks at factors such as race and adversity.

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Stories/ArticlesWhy Work Became So Bad for So ManySplitting off functions that were once managed internally has been a successful business strategy, as large companies maintain the quality of their brand without the cost of an expensive workforce. But this approach has led to stagnation in wages and benefits and a lower standard of living for workers.

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PublicationsAre immigrants, ethnic and linguistic minorities over-represented in jobs with a high level of compensated risk?This article outlines the ways in which immigrants, visible, and linguistic minorities, in Montréal are more likely to work where there is an increased level of compensated risk. Data was collected using census and worker’s compensation data. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.20845

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PublicationsContingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and BenefitsThis report examines what is known about (1) the size of the contingent workforce, (2) the characteristics and employment experiences of contingent versus standard workers, and (3) any differences in earnings, benefits, and measures of poverty between contingent and standard workers.

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PublicationsCould Raising the Minimum Wage Improve the Public’s Health?Despite the colossal number of minimum wage studies by economists, a meager number consider health. This publication outlines the ways in which raising the minimum wage may contribute to improved health outcomes. PMID: PMC4940672

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PublicationsDifferences in access to wage replacement benefits for absences due to work-related injury or illness in CanadaThis article examines the factors associated with differences in access to income replacement benefits, like worker’s compensation, for workers experiencing a work-related injury or illness of 1-week or longer in the Canadian labor force. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.20683

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PublicationsThe Effect of an Increased Minimum Wage on Infant Mortality and Birth WeightThis study investigates the effects of state minimum wage laws on low birth weight and infant mortality in the United States. PMID: PMC4940666

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PublicationsEstimating Potential Reductions in Premature Mortality in New York City From Raising the Minimum Wage to $15Researchers assessed the potential reductions in premature mortality that could have been achieved in 2008 to 2012 if the minimum wage had been $15 per hour in New York City. PMID: PMC4880275

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PublicationsFactors Underlying Observed Injury Rate Differences Between Temporary Workers and Permanent PeersThis study explores why temporary workers face increased risk of injury as compared to permanent workers in similar occupations. In addition to assessing risk factors that contribute to this reality, the authors also offer several policy recommendations for addressing this disparity.

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PublicationsThe Gig Economy and Contingent Work: An Occupational Health AssessmentThis publication addresses the need to develop, evaluate, and implement interventions that address the needs of workers in non-traditional employment relationships. PMID: 28244887

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PublicationsHealth and Income: The Impact of Changes to Boston's Living Wage Ordinance on the Health of Living Wage WorkersThis report outlines the findings from the Health Impact Assessment that examined the effect of Boston's Living Wage Ordinance on the health of those currently covered, and asks what changes could be made to maximize improvements in health.

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PublicationsHealth Care Use And Spending Patterns Vary By Wage Level In Employer-Sponsored PlansEmployees face an increasing financial burden for health services as health care costs. This resource examines health care use in relation to employee wages. For policy makers, these findings can inform employer benefit design strategies and research priorities, to encourage effective use of health care services. PMID: 28167713

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PublicationsIMF Fiscal Monitor: Tackling InequalityThis report from the International Monetary Fund discusses how excessive inequality can erode social cohesion, lead to political polarization, and ultimately lower economic growth, and proposes three salient policy debates: tax rates at the top of the inc

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Publications“It’s Totally Destroyed Our Life” Exploring the Pathways and Mechanisms Between Precarious Employment and Health and Well-being Among Immigrant Men and Women in TorontoThis article describes the cumulative and intersecting micro-level pathways and mechanisms between precarious employment and health among immigrant men and women in Toronto. The article describes how precarious employment negatively impacts workers’ physical and mental health as well as that of their spouses or partners and children. DOI: 10.1177/0020731417730011

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PublicationsJobs for Climate and Justice: A Worker Alternative to the Trump AgendaBoth the working class and the climate are facing immense threats to their health and sustainability. The Jobs for Climate and Justice plan outlines what we can accomplish in our communities, cities, and states to provide jobs and economic security while also protecting the environment and preventing dangerous climate change.

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PublicationsThe Many Futures of Work: Working Papers & ResourcesThe Many Futures of Work: Possibilities and Perils conference is an exploration of the loss of middle income jobs and the changing nature of how we work. Papers were presented at this conference to guide discussion on taking action and taking control. The aim is to brighten many pathways to the future by providing a venue for enlightened thinking by businesses, unions, governments, foundations, workforce and education institutions, and grassroots and community organizations.

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PublicationsNon-standard employment around the world: Understanding challenges, shaping prospectsFrom the International Labour Organization, this report documents the incidence and trends of non-standard forms of employment across different countries of the world and explores the reasons behind this phenomenon, including increased firm competition, shifting organizational practices of firms, and changes and gaps in the regulation of work.

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PublicationsOccupational Safety and Health in the Temporary Services Industry: A Model for a Community–University PartnershipThis article outlines a project that brought together local workers’ centers and university investigators to build acorps of Occupational Health Promoters (OHPs) and to test a survey tool and recruitment methods to identify hazards and raise awareness among workers employed by temporary staffing companies. OHPs reported two companies to OSHA, resulting in several citations.

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PublicationsPrecarious employment experiences and their health consequences: Towards a theoretical frameworkDevelop a detailed framework that outlines the key aspects of work experiences that makes them precarious, and to consider links between these aspects and downstream health effects. PMID: 17429147

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PublicationsPrecarious Work Experiences of Racialized Immigrant Woman in Toronto: A Community-Based StudyDespite their high levels of education, racialized immigrant women in Canada are over-represented in low-paid, low-skill jobs characterized by highrisk and precarity. This project documents the experiences of racialized immigrant women in Toronto with precarious employment.

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PublicationsRaceForwardRaceForward writes and collects reports that highlight the ways institutional and structural racism leads to inequitable social and economic outcomes in our society and discusses ways to nurture and strengthen social change.

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PublicationsScheduling on the Cutting Edge: Implementation of San Francisco's First-in-the-Nation Fair Scheduling LawThis report examines data from San Francisco retail workers regarding their experiences with scheduling after the passage of the Retail Workers Bill of Rights (RWBOR), which established first-in-the-nation protections for retail workers, guaranteeing advance notice of their schedules, compensation for last-minute changes, and greater access to additional hours.

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PublicationsSeattle's Minimum Wage Experience, 2015-2016This report analyzes county and city-level data on employment from 2009-2016 for Seattle workers following the minimum wage increase to $13/hour. It found that wages overall increased across thefood service sector, and that employment rates were not affected, even in limited-service restaurants.

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DataCongressional Budget Office Report on Effect of Raising the Minimum Wage
In this report, CBO examines how increasing the federal minimum wage to $10, $12, or $15 per hour by 2025 would affect employment and family income.

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DataLatino Union Annual Report
Read Latino Union’s annual report for 2018

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DataNew Reports from Project from Middle Class Renewal
The Project for Middle Class Renewal of the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations has published 2 new reports and a new brief on their website.

Wage Gaps and Representation
Nurse Staffing Standards Work
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DataFact Sheet: Temporary Healthcare Staffing SectorThe use of temporary staffing agencies is no longer limited to just clerical, manufacturing, and warehouse work. While staffing firms have always had some presence in the healthcare field—for example, traveling nurses—the growth in the use of temporary healthcare workers has accelerated in recent years.

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DataNew Report From Food Chain Workers Alliance and Restaurant Opportunities Center UnitedThe Food Chain Workers Alliance has published a report titled Mapping the Restaurant High-Value Supply Chain. The report examines restaurant industry trends and was written in collaboration with the Restaurant Opportunities Center United.

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DataBureau of Labor Statistics Projections Overview and Highlights, 2016-26This report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics outlines how America's changing demographics will have far-reaching effectson the labor force, the economy, and employment over the 2016–26 decade. The overall labor force participation rate is projected to decline as older workers leave the labor force, constraining economic growth. The aging baby-boomer segment of the population will drive demand for healthcare services and related occupations

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DataClocking InClocking In is an innovative, interactive, multimedia tool that shows racial and gender inequities in the restaurant, retail, and domestic industries. It brings data, stories, and resources to support the collective action for fair treatment at work.

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DataContingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and BenefitsThis report examines what is known about (1) the size of the contingent workforce, (2) the characteristics and employment experiences of contingent versus standard workers, and (3) any differences in earnings, benefits, and measures of poverty between contingent and standard workers.

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DataMinimum Wage Increase StudyPresentation on the results of a study evaluating a minimum wage increase in Minneapolis and Hennepin/Ramsey County.

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DataOrganizing for #HealthyHours Stable Work Hours Protect Our Health and Well-BeingThis fact sheet provides a brief summary of the harms unpredictable scheduling practices in the service sector have on working people’s health.

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DataPaid Sick Leave May Help Employers Reduce CostsPaid sick leave might help reduce absenteeism related to the spread of flu and other infectious diseases, which mighttranslate into money saved for employers. Using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and other published literature, NIOSH Researchers estimated potential savings for employers.

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DataRacial Disparities in access to Job QualityDiscusses disparities between races in access to wages, sick days, paid parental leave, inadequate hours/unpredictable work schedules.

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DataScheduling on the Cutting Edge: Implementation of San Francisco's First-in-the-Nation Fair Scheduling LawThis report examines data from San Francisco retail workers regarding their experiences with scheduling after the passage of the Retail Workers Bill of Rights (RWBOR), which established first-in-the-nation protections for retail workers, guaranteeing advance notice of their schedules, compensation for last-minute changes, and greater access to additional hours.

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DataStable Jobs = Healthier LivesAn infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation detailing the consequences of unemployment and unhealthy work conditions.

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Policy InitiativesFair Work Week Now Law in Chicago
On July 24, 2019, the Chicago City Council voted to pass the Fair Workweek Ordinance that will require covered employers to, among other things, provide employees with at least 10 days’ advance notice of their work schedules and provide additional compensation to employees for any unscheduled changes to their scheduled work hours.

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Policy InitiativesH.R.582 - Raise the Wage ActOn July 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, in a bipartisan vote, the Raise the Wage Act, which would deliver raises to almost 40 million working people across the country, and would eliminate the exclusions of workers with disabilities and tipped and youth workers from federal minimum wage protections.

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Policy InitiativesAdding Inequality to injury: The costs of failing to protect workers on the jobEvery year, more than three million workers are seriously injured, and thousands more are killed on the job. It is vitally important that state-based workers’ compensation programs take steps to eliminate roadblocks that prevent workers with compensable injuries or illnesses from receiving the full compensation to which they are entitled.

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Policy InitiativesThe Agenda to Raise America's PayThe Economic Policy Institute (EPI) acknowledges that wage stagnation is the country’s key economic challenge. Despite a rise in economic productivity, for the vast majority of workers, including college-educated workers, wages have stagnated or declined since 1979. In their “Agenda to Raise America’s Pay’” EPI outlines the policies necessary to generate wage growth.

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Policy InitiativesBan the Box: What This New Law Means for Potential Employees With a Criminal RecordA law in California took effect preventing companies from requiring job applicants to disclose criminal histories. It's known as ban-the-box legislation. The box refers to the section in job applications that potential employees check if they have a criminal record. NPR's Lakshmi Singh talks with National Employment Law Project attorney Beth Avery, who helped draft the California legislation.

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Policy InitiativesCalifornia Governor BrownSigns Fair Chance Act, Extending 'Ban the Box' to Private EmployersCalifornia becomes the 10th state to require both public-and private-sector employers to delay background checks and inquiries about job applicants’ conviction records until they have made a conditional job offer to the applicant. The law takes effect in 2018.

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Policy InitiativesCuomo’s task force to combat worker exploitationThis article has concrete plans that NY state plans to take to address problems faced by exploited workers. Has excellent action steps at the end.

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Policy InitiativesCutting Corporate Taxes Will Not Boost American WagesThis report from the Economic Policy Institute outlines how the claim that corporate tax cuts will trickle down to help American workers by boosting economy-wide productivity and hence wages is clearly wrong. Economic logic and evidence show that American workers should not expect any wage boost from reducing the statutory corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

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Policy InitiativesHealth and Income: The Impact of Changes to Boston's Living Wage Ordinance on the Health of Living Wage WorkersThis report outlines the findings from the Health Impact Assessment that examined the effect of Boston's Living Wage Ordinance on the health of those currentlycovered, and asks what changes could be made to maximize improvements in health.

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Policy InitiativesHB 690: Protections for Day and Temporary WorkersGovernor Rauner recently signed HB 690 into law, which offers important protections for day/temporary workers including: not charging workers for transportation, providing documentation that clearly states the location and wages of the worksite, not using day/temporary workers to break up strikes, providing official itemized statements of wages, increasing oversight of temp agencies, and more.

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Policy InitiativesImproving Health by Increasing the Minimum WageA policy statement created by APHA linking increasing the minimum wage to improved health outcomes. In addition to delving deeply into this relationship, they propose a number of action steps that can be taken a tall three levels of governance. 

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Policy InitiativesThe Minimum Wage and Health: A Bay Area AnalysisThis analysis demonstrates the effect that a minimum wage increase would have on the health and well-being of nearly 1 million low-wage workers. It shows that policies that reduce poverty by raising the wages of low income people can significantly improve overall health and reduce health inequities.

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Policy InitiativesNew Economy, New Social ContractWithin the decade, nearly half of American workers are expected to find themselves working as freelancers, temps, and contractors. This report outlines a fair, sensible and affordable way to create a new safety net for these types of workers.

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Policy InitiativesPutting Workers First?The National Employment Law Project NELP has a weekly tracker summarizing the current actions on labor laws and policies at the federal level.

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Policy InitiativesRacial Disparities in access to Job QualityDiscusses disparities between races in access to wages, sick days, paid parental leave, inadequate hours/unpredictable work schedules.

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Policy InitiativesSeattle's Minimum Wage Experience, 2015-2016This report analyzes county and city-level data on employment from 2009-2016 for Seattle workers following the minimum wage increase to $13/hour. It found that wages overall increased across the food service sector, and that employment rates were not affected, even in limited-service restaurants.

Read the Report
Policy InitiativesStill falling short on hours and pay: Part-time work becoming new normalThis report identifies and explains the monthly and annual trends in involuntary part-time work, the role of key industries driving much of those trends, the kinds of workers and industries most affected by part-time work, and the challenges that workers in part-time jobs face.

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AdvocacyLatino Union Annual Report
Read Latino Union’s annual report for 2018

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AdvocacyNew Reports from Project from Middle Class Renewal
The Project for Middle Class Renewal of the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations has published 2 new reports and a new brief on their website.

Wage Gaps and Representation
Nurse Staffing Standards Work
Read the Brief
AdvocacyFact Sheet: Temporary Healthcare Staffing SectorThe use of temporary staffing agencies is no longer limited to just clerical, manufacturing, and warehouse work. While staffing firms have always had some presence in the healthcare field—for example, traveling nurses—the growth in the use of temporary healthcare workers has accelerated in recent years.

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AdvocacyCuomo’s task force to combat worker exploitationThis article has concrete plans that NY state plans to take to address problems faced by exploited workers. Has excellent action steps at the end.

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AdvocacyMinimum Wage Increase StudyPresentation on the results of a study evaluating a minimum wage increase in Minneapolis and Hennepin/Ramsey County.

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AdvocacyOrganizing for #HealthyHours Stable Work Hours Protect Our Health and Well-BeingThis fact sheet provides a brief summary of the harms unpredictable scheduling practices in the service sector have on working people’s health.

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AdvocacyRaise Wages, Kill Jobs?This report examines historical data relating to the 22 increases in the federal minimum wage between 1938 and 2009 to determine whether or not raising wages leads to lower employment rates. Findings show no correlation between federal minimum-wage increases and lower employment levels, and actually show that most of the time employment rates increased following a minimum wage hike.

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AdvocacyStill falling short on hours and pay: Part-time work becoming new normalThis report identifies and explains the monthly and annual trends in involuntary part-time work, the role of key industries driving much of those trends, the kinds of workers and industries most affected by part-time work, and the challenges that workers in part-time jobs face.

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AdvocacyWage Theft is Costing Workers $50 Billion a Year in Stolen PayWage theft is epidemic in the United States: approximately $50 billion in wages are stolen every year from workers nationwide, and there are few ways to recover those lost wages. This article outlines the consequences of wage theft and waysthat workers can fight back.

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Innovative InitiativesA New Brooklyn Clinic for Hotel Workers Who Enjoy No-Cost CareThis article discusses the innovative approach that the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council has championed as a way of addressing the national challenge of paying for health care. The union established a contract that incorporates annual raises and diverted funds to be used in the establishment of an 11-story health clinic.

Read the Article
Innovative InitiativesFair Chance Licensing Reform: Opening Pathways for People with Records to Join Licensed ProfessionsThis toolkit is intended to provide lawmakers and advocates in states across the country with the resources necessary to set about the work of fair chance licensing reform to open pathways for people with records to join licensed professions.

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Innovative InitiativesGoing on Offense during Challenging Times: Bargaining for the Common Good(BCG) campaignsBargaining for the Common Good (BCG) campaigns are expanding and spreading across the country. These campaigns offer important lessons on how unions, racial justice organizations, and other community groups can go on offenseand win in these challenging times. In essence, BCG campaigns are when union and community groups together leverage contract negotiations for broader, shared gains.

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Innovative InitiativesIf jobs stop bullets, why aren't more companies stepping up?Recognizing the correlation between joblessness and violence is an important step in addressing the epidemic of violence in Chicago. This article focuses on several employers who are intentionally hiring workers from zip codes with high levels of violence and joblessness, and providing them with quality jobs that promote health, stability, and growth for these communities.

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Innovative InitiativesHigh Road EconomyHigh Road companies see their employees, the communities in which they operate and the products and services they provide as equally important to their financial success. These companies hold a long-term perspective and view the workplace as a means to create significant business and social impact. They reject low-road business models that exploit employees and disregard the environment as the basis for success. High Road Employers know that, logically, their businesses are likelier to thrive and grow when they strengthen their marketplace by operating responsibly and compensating employees fairly.

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Innovative InitiativesThe Role of Labor Unions in Creating Conditions that Promote Public HealthLabor union contracts create higher wage and benefit standards, working hours limits, workplace hazards protections, and other factors. Public health practitioners and labor unions would benefit by partnering to create sophisticated contracts to address social determinants of health.

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Innovative InitiativesCommunityHealth ChicagoCommunityHealth is a free clinic, and proud to be a medical home for Illinois' uninsured, including those who have undocumented status. They offer free medical care, health education, lab tests, and medications for those who have no health insurance, whose income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, and who aren’t receiving healthcare elsewhere.

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