Our Impact

Despite 2016’s shocking election results, the year brought major wins for working people and families. Among other victories, the efforts of NELP and our allies helped to:

  • Win statewide minimum wage increases in California, New York, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington, as well as increases in D.C., Miami Beach, Sacramento, and Flagstaff, the first non-coastal city to adopt a $15 minimum wage. With these victories, 4 million workers have now won $62 billion in raises since the Fight for $15 launched in 2012;
  • Secure “ban the box” hiring policies in five states and 23 localities to ensure that people with records have a fair chance to work, while two more states and the City of Austin extended existing policies to apply to private employers;
  • Strengthen OSHA’s standard protecting workers from cancer-causing silica dust exposure, as well as win tougher penalties against employers for safety violations causing serious injury or death—changes that took decades to achieve;
  • Expand overtime pay rights to 12.5 million more workers—and now, with a federal judge blocking the rule’s implementation, we are doubling down on efforts to defend this crucial victory.

In the months and years ahead, these victories will face unprecedented attacks. Whatever the challenges, NELP will remain on the front lines, fighting to raise wages, make workplaces safer, strengthen protections for low-wage workers and the unemployed, and make hiring fairer for all jobseekers.

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