Workers, on average are making less money in real wages than they were twenty years ago. This decline in wages is coupled with an overall decline in union density in the public and private sector which means that there is less workplace oversight into workplace violations that lead to wage theft and on-the-job injury among other things. In recent years, local municipalities and states have increased the minimum wage and co-production has emerged as a strong solution for dealing with non-compliance of basic labor standards and health and safety laws. Co-production has been successful when workers, Worker Centers, state enforcement, and “high-road” businesses form alliances in order to patrol and change the practices of industry bad-actors. Co-production has been effective at the local, state, and federal levels to win back lost wages for low-wage workers, helped to win union drives, and improve working conditions for workers in some of the lowest-paid industries.

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