In 2016, visitors to New Orleans spent $7.41 billion in our city, an increase of 5.1% over the previous year, which had also broken records. We also hosted a record number of visitors – nearly 10.5 million people came to enjoy all New Orleans has to offer. But New Orleans workers are left out of this success. Low wages predominate across sectors of the economy – from accommodation and food service, to retail, healthcare, education, and construction.
In a new report, The State of Working New Orleans – the Industries that Sustain the Status Quo, the WJP builds a picture of the poverty among working people in New Orleans and sets out recommendations for the next mayor to raise the living and working standards for ALL New Orleans residents.
Read the full report here The State of Working New Orleans
The Workplace Justice Project will co-host a forum featuring mayoral candidates LaToya Cantrell and Desirée Charbonnet on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Algiers Auditorium in Federal City at 6:30 pm.
The forum, which takes place during the early voting period, asks the candidates to respond to findings and recommendations in the WJP’s report The State of Working New Orleans.
Forum co-hosts are Louisiana Working Families, Oxfam, LiUNA, Local 99, and SEIU Local 21-LA. The forum is open to the public.
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