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State and Local Strategies for Reversing Inequality
May 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
As progressives battle in Washington to protect hard-fought gains for working people, they are also going on offense to win new state and local policies to reverse inequality. Join us for a webinar conversation about two reforms that are taking off around the country:
- CEO-worker pay gap penalties: In December 2016, Portland, Oregon adopted the world’s first tax penalty on corporations that pay their CEO more than 100 times what they pay their workers. Now five states (Minnesota, Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut) and San Francisco are considering similar legislation. Could your state or city be next?
- One fair wage: Restaurant servers and other tipped workers are paid a separate, lower minimum wage that starts at $2.13 an hour at the federal level. In 2016, Maine and Flagstaff, Arizona voted to join seven U.S. states that have eliminated this two-tiered wage system, which perpetuates financial insecurity, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Learn what you can do to help grow this list of “One Fair Wage” states and cities through legislation or ballot measures.
- Sarah Anderson of the Institute for Policy Studies will discuss the growing movement to use state and local taxes on corporations to narrow the gaps between CEO and worker pay and generate revenue for social programs. She directs IPS’s Global Economy Project and is a co-editor of the IPS web site Inequality.org.
- Teófilo Reyes of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United will discuss the sub-minimum wage for restaurant servers and other tipped workers. Eight states have eliminated this two-tiered wage system, and ROC is campaigning in several states and cities to expand “One Fair Wage.”
JOIN THE WEBINAR. This is part of the Spring event series, IPS on the Offense: Big Visions for State and Local Power.