Economic Justice
Everyone deserves the opportunities, security, and community they need to thrive. At the local level, we can win safer workplaces, fair wages, & better benefits for all – helping to ensure our economy truly works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.

Our Vision and Work

We all work hard for our families, pitch in for our communities, and try to make things better for those to come. For too long, greedy corporations and the wealthy few rig the rules in their favor and line their pockets with profits while too many struggle to make ends meet. Together, we can build an economy where people matter more than profits and all of us can thrive. 


At Local Progress, we are fighting for an economy where working people have structural power in our government and the right to organize on their job sites. Across the country, local governments are working to protect people from exploitation and abuse, ensure community benefits are part of infrastructure investments, and boost the capacity of women and minority-owned businesses to thrive and grow in communities.


The Role of Local Government in Protecting Workers’ Rights

In recent years, cities, counties, and other localities have become innovators and leaders in standing up for working people. This report provides an overview of some of the most noteworthy ways in which localities have taken action. 


Blogs And Featured News

Photo of a large group of people part of a UPS Teamster Practice Picket holding up signs that read "Photo of a group of UPS workers in uniform and holding up signs that say "UPS Teamsters: Just Practicing for a Just Contract" with Scabby in the background

What the UPS Contract Means for Collaborative Governance

UPS workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a historic contract that will mean higher wages, better benefits, and more growth for 340,000 employees and that raised labor standards across the country. Here's what that means for how local electeds should collaboratively govern.

How to take action in solidarity with UAW members on strike!

Federal Advocacy Roundup | September 2023

The September 2023 Local Progress Federal Advocacy Roundup breaks down recent Biden administration decisions around TPS and Medicare as well as the upcoming impacts of Supreme Court decisions on student loan debt and abortion.
Members of the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union rally.

Workers in the South Aren’t Letting Anti-Labor Laws Stop Them From Organizing

From a recent work action in Durham, North Carolina to union drives at REI and at academic institutions, workers are taking important steps to organize the South.

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