Texas’ War on Local Control is Part of National Trend

“Texas is getting up there, but state interference is increasingly a national phenomenon,” said Ben Beach, legal director for the Partnership for Working Families. “Governor Abbott has shown, I think, a willingness to pursue some of the more extreme versions. … But unfortunately, even if he succeeded, Texas would not be alone in adopting those more extreme measures.” Read more.

Charlotte construction workers, advocacy groups call for reform in industry

On the heels of a recently released report that studied issues facing those employed in construction, Charlotte construction workers and advocacy groups are calling for policy to encourage and enforce protections for workers on job sites. The Workers Defense Project, Partnership for Working Families and the University of Illinois at Chicago surveyed 1,435 construction workers in major construction markets in the southern U.S. The report, "Build a Better South,"

Construction workers, union seek more protection from wage theft, abuses in Charlotte

A group of construction workers and labor organizers told Charlotte City Council on Monday that the city needs to take more steps to ensure the people fueling the building boom aren’t taken advantage of and subjected to unsafe conditions... The call for more rules to protect construction workers is tied to a report called “Build a Better South” that highlights wage theft, workers misclassified as independent contractors, lack of benefits and other hard

New Brief Says State’s Move to Block City’s Minimum Wage is Hurting Blacks

Yesterday, Partnership for Working Families and the Southern Poverty Law Center joined a formidable collection of civil rights groups, local elected officials and academics in filing amici briefs urging the review of a lawsuit charging the state of Alabama violated federal voting rights and equal protection laws last year when it blocked a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour for 40,000 workers in Birmingham. Click here to read the rest of this article.

NAACP, SPLC file amicus briefs to fight for repeal of law that bans raising minimum wage

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Partnership for Working Families, history professors as well as the mayors of Atlanta and Gary, Indiana have all filed amicus briefs to support the lawsuit that seeks to repeal the state law that forbids municipalities in Alabama from setting their own minimum wage. Click here to read the rest of this article.

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